Fidelity Bank Plc said it is collaborating with JSK Etiquette Consortium to teach contemporary manners and social skills to children in Nigeria.
As a result of this, the bank said a training programme was recently held at its Private Banking office, in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The initiative, which it said was part of its Mentorship Program for the Younger Generation, also sought to enlighten and equip children with the right values at an early age. Children between the ages of nine to 15 years, were also trained on other soft skills such as communication and collaboration to prepare them for future endeavours, the bank explained in a statement yesterday.
In his welcome address at the one-day Youth Etiquette Class held in Lagos, the bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nnamdi Okonkwo said: “at a time when inappropriate behavior and manners are threatening to push our core values as a nation to the background, we need to rekindle hope for tomorrow by teaching children basic etiquette while reinforcing what parents may have thought them.”
Okonkwo stated that it was against this background that Fidelity Private Banking came up with the mentorship programme, as the role of children in national development cannot be over-emphasised.
On her part, the training facilitator, Mrs. Janet Adetu, noted that the workshop would not only provide children with requisite social skills to manage difficult situations but also boost their self-confidence.
“We want to build their self-confidence and make sure that our children are prepared to take up leadership opportunities in the near future.”
Adetu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of JSK Etiquette, a leading etiquette and protocol company in Nigeria, also said the essence of the workshop was to teach these children soft skills to enable them thrive in this difficult times.
Interactive teaching techniques that included demonstrations, role plays and questions and answers sessions were used to enhance the learning process during the training session; thus dispelling passivity, stimulating response and animated discussions during the training session.