More than 200 youths and adults in the Agbede-Olosugbo community, Ikorodu North LCDA are undergoing skill acquisition training in commemoration of the International Youth Day 2022.
The empowerment program which is a collaborative effort between the Agbede youth forum and ‘Learn To Earn’ Project is also supported by the joint community development committee (CDC) and the Baale of the town.
Present at the training centre on the 5th of August 2022, Ikorodu News Network (INN) gathered that the acquisition exercise will be stretched across two weeks (i.e from the 1st) to crescendo on the 14th of August with a graduation ceremony for all successful participants.
According to Mike Ibikunle (Project director, Learn To Earn Project), the program is all about occupying and empowering the minds of the youths, engaging them to prepare for a challenging future.
“Since one cannot give what they don’t have, this program is poise to bring out the inner potential of our young ones, we’re here to let them know that before they can earn anything in life, they must first learn about it”.
“The pathway to success is learning before earning, and we’re using this program to work together with both the youth forum and CDC to target the grassroots, fully aware that social vices can only see the light of day based on idle youths scattered around the neighbourhood”.
“Learn to Earn is just a catalyst for the people to discover their skills, not only that, we also engage them to induce a mental shift on financial literacy, which will help them to thrive after possessing the required skillsets” Mr Ibikunle affirmed.
The Baale of Olosugbo-land Agbede, Chief Tajudeen Sokale, admired the communal ambition for conveying such a ground-breaking undertaking in the community, broadening that he knew the level of impact such orientation would entail, which was why the palace was offered to be utilized for the activity.
Mrs Oluwakemi Fashola, Skincare, pedicure and nails department instructor and Learn To Earn Coordinator, buttress further on Mr Ibikunle’s notion, also crediting the Agbede youth forum for working tirelessly to ensure the alliance comes to fruition.
She proceeded, “This initiative is about taking poverty out of the community, not everyone will end up becoming a salary earner or have a white collar job, that’s why we’re using this program to illuminate craftiness”.
“Presently, we have registered over 200 youths in the Fabric souvenirs & tie/dye department, Catering & event decoration department, Graphics and photography department, Barbers department, Online investment, Make-Up Gele & Hair Styling department and Home essentials department”.