BACKPACK Group trains 135 youths on vocational trades in Abuja
Foundation offers 10,000 students overseas scholarship
The Empowerment Development and Self Reliance For Nigerian Youths Initiative (EDSNYI) group, last week graduated about 135 youths it trained in various vocational trades to support themselves and families economically.
Coordinator of the group Tunde Ige said the initiative was born out of the fact that most youths are Idle which in turn makes them restive and as such contributing the vices in the society.
Ige who said the organization was conceptualized in 2014 added that it was aimed at seeing a society where youths, women as well as the vulnerable in the society are supported through social enterprise that can ensure they take care of their families both in health and economic wise.
“We just make them pay a fee of N1000 for the form and membership card but training is free. We train them on vocational trades that are viable within the society. We don’t want to train these youths on sophisticated and jumbo trades like pilots.
“We taught them trades that are practical and would be effective within the society like teaching, tailoring, graphic/web design, baking, house wiring, and generator repairs, one that would generate instant revenue for them and their families and also impact their communities,” Ige said.
The group which noted that another 250 have registered decried inadequate training resources said, “because we do not expect a young graduate to have the money to learn these trades we do not request fees from them, as such it is very tasking getting resources to train them.”
With the success of the pilot scheme in Lugbe, the group said it will replicate it in Karu, Kubwa, Gwagwalada and other suburbs of the FCT where individuals have shown interest. Text by Ademola Adebayo ver 10,000 Nigerian students are to be offered tuition waivers to undertake studies in Cyprus, Malaysia, India and Russia, by the Mike Omotosho Foundation International Scholarship (MOFIS).
Announcing the program on Saturday in Abuja, Dr. Mike Omotosho, Founder, Mike Omotosho Foundation said the program aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in institutions by providing access for Nigerian students to gain quality education abroad and bring the knowledge, expertise and quality back to Nigeria.
According to Dr. Omotosho, the priority of education which was to develop skills leading to employment and self-sustainability hasn’t been properly harnessed as those who gain access to institutions of higher learning have not
Obeen able to acquire the skills desired by employers. “We have over 1.5 million candidates apply annually for admissions into universities nationwide but only about 600,000 are admitted. Some of these unsuccessful applicants become frustrated and sometimes, resort to crimes; hence the need for meaningful access to university.
“The foundation is committed with her partners to walk our Youth through the right path, because we believe that access to quality education is the lifeline for a bright tomorrow,” he said.
The scheme is open to Nigerians who have at least 5 credits in their O Level Examination, seeking to study for their Undergraduate or Master’s degree. Candidates will be selected on the basis of merit from the test which would be conducted before collection of documents, the foundation said.