The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Community Development Service (CDS) group of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) recently empowered residents of Oluyole Chesire Home in Ibadan with computer skills at a computer training and skills acquisition programme held at the home.
According to the CDS group, the project was birthed as a result of the desire of the individuals in the Oluyole Cheshire Home to be equipped with the basic knowledge and skills of using a computer system.
The group said they designed the two-day programme to “effectively educate them and also give them the basic hands-on experience needed to use a computer.”
The project aimed to achieve some goals which include promoting universal primary education and eradicating poverty and hunger.
Welcoming participants to the programme, President of the MDGs CD group, Miss Love Otuekere, said that many people are making money by applying ICT skills; she also told them that beyond giving them computer skills, the group is also concerned about their welfare.
“We are the ones who own the power to see ourselves the way we are,” she said, adding that “what is important isn’t how others see us, but how God sees us. It is beyond our physical challenges and constraints, but rather, it is about the passion and the desire to be something and do something that we want to do.”
At the end of the programme, participants thanked the group for the training and skills. For subsequent editions, they asked that more computers should be brought. They also suggested that manuals should be brought for them so that they could have the information shared even when the youth corps members are no longer with them. They asked for support in moving forward with the computer skills acquired from the training.