ARE THE YOUTH OF LAGOS AN OPPORTUNITY OR A THREAT?
- Post By EmDee David 12:58am on Wednesday 5th October 2016
As the economy is biting hard in the country, the youths and women seemed to be the most affected and it is not abnormal to see some of them taking to crime to survive...Are the youth of Lagos an oppo
Lagos State, as a cosmopolitan city is faced with the challenges of big cities. The youths need to be guided, directed and supported, not only to cope but to succeed in attaining financial freedom and help others succeed as well.
This is the reason for the first Ashoka Learning Journey in Lagos from the 4th to the 7th of October, 2016, whose objective is to make Lagos youths learn to be social entrepreneurs through their natural and acquired skills.
Adauha Onyebuchi - The Framework Change Manager, ASHOKA
This is important as it has been observed that young people in sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to translate their skills into productive and meaningful employment.
This region, and Nigeria especially, has great potential for innovation and economic development spearheaded by young African men and women—the most educated generation ever. Not only will they find lasting jobs, they will also create them. ASHOKA offers the guide, support, directions and training towards this goal. It's all going down in two days - 5th and 6th of October in Ikeja and Ogba, Lagos State as ASHOKA FELLOWS convert at BlueSpring Hotel, 34B Remi Fani-Kayode Street, Ikeja GRA.
Ashoka is a global network of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. This network brings together leading social entrepreneurs in Nigeria like Gbenga Sesan, Priscilla Achakpa, Cosmas Okoli and from all over the world as well. From Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus to inventors like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
These FELLOWS believe that tomorrow's best solutions are already here today. And what best time than now to bring this initiative to the streets, to the doorsteps of our youths and women in Lagos via a unique 2-day journey to experience their systems-changing solutions for yourself, first-hand.
On the first day of this journey they will take Nigerians to explore some of the problems and barriers the children and youth of Lagos face.
And on the second day they will also lead us to discover the innovative solutions our social entrepreneurs have created to tackle these issues. In the end, collectively, we will explore this big, important question:
Are the youth of Lagos an opportunity or a threat?
As part of the Ashoka Africa Learning Journey, which holds particularly on Wednesday 5th and Thursday, the 6th of October 2016, participants will Journey to Ogba to meet Dr Princess Olufemi, an Ashoka fellow and founder of MEDIACON, on Wednesday. They will also meet with Esther, a typical schoolgirl who studies at Girls Academy. The day will end with a dinner during which time will be dedicated for reflections on the JOURNEY of day. Another Ashoka Fellow, Detoun Ogwo, will be on ground to share with other participants.
The following day, Thursday, October 6th, is tagged the “Solution Day.” This involved another JOURNEY to OGBA again, to explore a Crisis Centre. Tiptop International School, a “Change maker” school, will be visited by the participants, and also, they will meet Africanfarmer, an Ashoka fellow who has made his mark in making and creating wealth through agriculture. The activities of the day will culminate in a discussions on the crisis explored, solution proffered and next step to be taken.
Josephine Nzerem, The Regional Director, ASHOKA Aglophone West Africa, and Ashoka Fellows.
This initiative of ASHOKA is very timely, coming at the time when Nigerian youths in particular need direction and support to overcome the challenges of unemployment, recession and hard economy. Therefore, it is a great work being done by ASHOKA by recognizing this opportunity for action and has thus, with the MasterCard Foundation, joined forces to identify and support social entrepreneurs who are tackling youth employment issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Future Forward” creates and expands approaches for young people to practice “changemaking” skills, seize opportunities, and pursue livelihoods in the global economy. Strong at the back of their mind, and the focus of the organization is, as well expressed, “Together, we will build nurturing environments that allow young Africans to become leaders both today and tomorrow”.
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