Kaduna youth ini­tia­tive ex­pands scope of devt projects

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

A Kaduna-based non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with fo­cus on com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, the Ideal Aid and De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive (IAD), has tasked youths in Nige­ria on the need to start con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try at an early age.

Founder and co-su­per­vi­sor of the Ini­tia­tive, Sa’id Haruna, while giv­ing an over­view of the progress made by the ini­tia­tive since 2011, iden­ti­fied some of the prob­lems con­fronting youths in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in Nige­ria to in­clude lack of ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, lack of proper guid­ance and men­tor­ship as well as poverty.

He said within the five years IAD com­menced work, it had been able to reach over 200 stu­dents with as­sis­tance, dis­trib­uted over 1000 items to the needy and held two suc­cess­ful sum­mer school pro­grammes.

The IAD, he said, also awarded schol­ar­ship to a pupil in the com­mu­nity, hosted three suc­cess­ful char­ity matches and two suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment sem­i­nars.

Haruna said hav­ing ob­served the lack of qual­i­ta­tive ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria as one of the big­gest prob­lems of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, the IAD would be ex­pand­ing its ed­u­ca­tion out­reach to ac­cess more pupils and stu­dents to sus­tain the stan­dard they re­ceive from its pro­grammes.

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