OVL Foundation has organized a youth skills acquisition program in commemoration of the 2018 World Youth Skills Day. This initiative which themed Skill Acquisition: A tool for maximising potential, was targeted at empowering young people in rural and peri-urban areas with skills that would empower them to lead economically productive lives and attain their highest potentials.
The training which took place at the OVL Foundation office in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria exposed the trainees to seasoned professionals in the field of Photography and Make-up Artistry. These professionals shared knowledge, experiences and skills in these specialized vocations. The training also provided youths with hands-on, one-on-one experiences on how to build their skills in the professions and how to develop self-sustaining businesses from these skills.
The Executive Director, OVL Foundation, Mr. Victor Laniyan said that according to the United Nations, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. That is why education and training are key determinants of success in the labor market.
Identifying the need for building capacity and developing the skills of the youth in society as a tool for alleviating poverty and driving economic independence, the OVL Foundation, through this initiative has empowered and built capacity of youths with skills and knowledge that would take them to greater heights.
Mr. Laniyan added that OVL Foundation will keep on working with trainers and community stakeholders to take the training to every local government in Lagos State. He also called on the private sector and individuals to support the Foundation in building a sustainable framework for empowering young people across the nation to be financially independent”.
Anthonia Jim, one of the participants expressed his gratitude for the opportunity, saying todays training was awesome and I really learnt a lot, thanks to OVL Foundation for this amazing opportunity.
Ag. Executive Secretary, OVL Foundation, Mrs. Oyinlola Scott-Igbene explained that education and training are keys to success in the workforce. However, unfortunately, existing systems are failing to address the learning needs of many young people. Therefore, through this initiative, the OVL Foundations aims to close this gap in the local context
Mrs. Adebowale Oluseyi, one of the facilitators who was excited to be part of this impactful initiative said “It is a privilege for me to be here today to teach young people make-up artistry. I am grateful for the opportunity to empower the next generation with skills and tools that can make them financially independent.
Omidiji Mololuwa, a beneficiary of the training also said I am so happy that I came because I have learnt a lot and I look forward to developing this skill and turning it into a stream of income. Another trainee, Emmanuel Uche, expressed his gratitude for the training, saying, this training is a rare opportunity, it is very profitable and we thank OVL Foundation for this wonderful program.
***About OVL Foundation***
OVL Foundation is a pan-African non-profit organisation established in 2014 and duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as an organization to empower women, young people and children in Africa to lead economically productive lives and break free from the shackles of poverty, stagnation and retrogression.