10 Feb NYSC, Corps Members and the OCI Foundation (Pics, Video & Speech): The official Flag-off Ceremony of the OCI Foundation’s ArOY Anti-Cancer Health Campaign (03/02/2022)
The OCI Foundation's President speaks to Youth Corps Members at the launch (3/2/22).
The NYSC DG hosts an OCI Foundation delegation ahead of the flag-0ff (27/1/22).
Pictures from the flag-off ceremony
The NYSC is the official arm of the Nigerian Federal Government that oversees the one-year compulsory national service of graduates from all Nigerian tertiary institutions. Annually, over a quarter of a million Nigerian youths pass through the scheme, and this partnership with the OCI Foundation will ensure that anti-cancer messages will become part of the regular orientation activities that will reach all participants in the scheme.
The internationally endorsed Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign is a novel, Harvard-endorsed, WHO-supported, and evidence-based health promotion initiative of the OCI Foundation, which primarily seeks to introduce anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer programs into the NYSCs orientation activities across Nigeria. It also aims to include preventive teachings into the academic curriculum of all senior secondary schools in Nigeria’s 36 states (and the FCT) before the end of 2025, a project which we are currently working on, with Nigerian First Ladies/Governors’ wives (at the state level), and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC, at the national level). A new collaboration with
In September 2019, Anambra State became the first State in Nigeria to commence the ArOY Campaign, following a 3-day colorful ceremony that was held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. A documentary of that event is available HERE, while pictures from the events are available HERE, AND HERE.