Ajegunle.org, an initiative of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), which connects young people with ICT enabled opportunities to help access better livelihoods, has just completed a Google Web Training for community youths. The training held from 9 to 27 June 2014. The Google Web Training will give the trained youth a competitive advantage in the job market as the Google Web Academy offers skills and certification that are market driven. 16 out of the 36 registered participants qualified for the training, and were trained on products like Google search, YouTube, Google plus, Google email, Google docs, spreadsheet, presentation, form, chrome, internet safety, Google maps, Earth and Map making. The ICT classes focused on Microsoft Office packages, design tools & the Internet.
By the end of the first week of training, many of the students were already using computers proficiently. “Before I came in for Ajegunle.org’s capacity building program, I had big dreams but I was not inspired on my own,” says John-beloved Agwanzenini when expressing his experience at the Ajegunle Innovation Centre. “People around considered me a failure because I had been at home for over four years after high school, literally wasting, but in just eight weeks, I am certain that I have made up for those wasted years.”
The entrepreneurship stream was facilitated by industry experts including Ademola Adeoye, Managing Director of Worldclassimpact, Ronald Nzimora, Managing Director of Profit Marketing Systems Limited, David Ekugum of SESEWA Support Services and Bola Akeju of Wecyclers. The life skill sessions were taken by Mrs. Oluwaseyifunmi Walter and Rev. Yomi Olufiade. The students were trained on marketing, finance, managing risks, staffing, social impact, customer relations and writing business plans.
At the end of the training, participants had two weeks of practice and mapping of specific locations using Google Map maker. Preparations are ongoing for the 2014 Class C session, set to start from 11 August to 26 September 2014.
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) is a social enterprise that connects Nigerian youth with ICT-enabled opportunities. Having worked with government, civil society, private institutions and international organisations, PIN’s projects build on years of combined experience and focus on socio-economic development. Our projects include Capacity Building programs such as Ajegunle.org, Web Academy and TENT; and ICT Policy intervention programs. Through these projects and our allied services, PIN connects individuals, people-groups, institutions and communities with the socio-economic opportunities that ICTs provide.