Advocating use of local languages in the education system

Published in Vanguard newspaper on June 13, 2016
NIGERIANS have advocated for the adoption of major local languages in the country as official languages for teaching and learning to ensure proper assimilation of subjects by students. The participants at a one day seminar on Skills Building, Career Mentoring and Development for students in Government Secondary School in Nigeria agreed that solving language barrier in learning process would go a long way to improve standard of education and enhance value orientation.

The 2014 Bridge Program

Published in News Ghana on December 20, 2014
To pose a long-term solution to the challenge of youth unemployment in Nigeria and the pervasive disconnect between employable skills and the demands of the ‘Alternative Labour Market’ i.e. the private and the third sector – Private Organisations, Multilateral agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations, the Skills Outside School Foundation was founded by Miss Halima Ibrahim Abba during her NYSC year in June 2014 to provide Employability Skill building, Career Mentoring and Scholarship opportunities to disadvantaged youth in Nigeria. The projects by the foundation run for free for bright motivated deserving disadvantaged youth in Government Secondary Schools on the basis that they lack access to opportunities and funding though are very bright and deserving. The foundation was also inspired by the premise that most unemployment intervention programs are targeted at university graduates where very little can be done to enhance employment prospects and are run for a fee which many disadvantaged youth cannot afford. The foundation’s projects are currently based in Abuja with a rollout program to other states including Ogun State currently in the pipeline. The foundation has ambitious goals of providing regional interventionist programs to tackle youth unemployment drivers peculiar to various regions in Nigeria through job enhancement opportunities, funding and entrepreneurship opportunities.

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