KLCI to empower rural students, teachers through Skill2Rural Boot Camp

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A nongovernmental organization, the Kayode Alabi Leadership and Career Initiative (KLCI) is set organise the Skill2Rural Boot Camp in August.

It said the programme is to address limited opportunities for students in rural communities and empower them to be problem solvers.

According to the World Bank, learning shortfalls during the school years eventually show up as weak skills in the workforce.

“Children born in rural communities face starkly different life prospect because of the kind of environment they inherit,” a statement signed by KLCI Executive Director on Monday read.

“They lack access to quality education due to poverty, lack of technological and 21st century education, poor teachers and mentorship.”

The group targets the Olambe – Matogun Community, Ogun State Nigeria for the 2019 edition of the Boot Camp.

Skill2Rural Boot camp started in 2018 with a mini grant received from Peace First in partnership with One African Child and had empowered 90 students between the ages of 9 – 17 years and 11 teachers.

It is a 2 day non-residential boot camp and intensive programme where civil society organisations are partnered to orientate, empower and support children in rural communities with 21st century skill training such as empathy, servant leadership, emotional intelligence, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration needed to integrate into the workforce and prepare them for the future of works.

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Participants at the maiden edition of the Skill2Rural Boot Camp held in 2018

Students, teachers, youth educators and volunteer through the Boot camp work in groups to co- create prototypes and innovative solutions to problems they are facing within their communities using design thinking.

They also go through series of lectures on specific topics such as vision boarding, money management, servant leadership, philosophy and value system, sustainability, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship and computer appreciation.

Close to the end of the Boot camp students pitch their prototypes to panel of judges and parents as well as outstanding students are awarded. Students are also equipped with skills and supported to create an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) clubs in their schools to train other students as well as continue to work together to create more prototypes to problems they face within their communities.

The last boot camp included young professionals as facilitators. Among them were the Director, One African Child, Victoria Ibiwoye; Carrington Youth Fellow, Toluwanimi Afolayan; the Founder, Volunteer Teachers Club, Taiwo Abdulrosheed; a Presenter at Hi Impact TV, Olusegun Oluwaseun; and the Founder of Farmignite, Toheeb Abdulsalam.

10 prototypes were co-created by the students and teachers. Prototypes include solar driven innovations, mechanized farms, skill acquisition centre, drainage system, primary health care centres and mobile clinics. Students use materials such as cardboards, gums, scissors, cutting knives, markers, sticky notes and other available materials in the environment to create the designs and prototypes.

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The 2019 edition of the Boot Camp holds between 22nd and 24th August.

“Activities of the Boot camp can be tracked using the hashtag #Skill2Rural. This year we will be empowering 100 participants, 90 students and 10 teachers in Matogun – Olambe community and they will be creating solutions to the problems they face.”

“Also we already lined up great speakers who will be inspiring and raising a new generation of changemakers.”

Mr Alabi invited individuals and corporate bodies to partner with the KLCI in its aspiration of raising the next generation of changemakers in under-served communities.

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