Junior Achievement Nigeria (JA Nigeria) has recently partnered with one of its board members, Sigma Pensions Limited, to equip 100 youths with digital skills through a five-day intensive digital boot camp programme.
According to the organisers of the programme, which was held in Abuja, it was part of their commitment to building a generation of digital entrepreneurs that will contribute positively to wealth creation, with 21st-century in-demand digital skills and tools that will enable them to gain experiential knowledge in web design, digital marketing, animation, and graphic design.
The Executive Director of JA Nigeria, Foluso Gbadamosi, while appreciating Sigma Pensions for partnering with them on the programme, stated that, since its inception in 1999, JA Nigeria, a non-profit economic education organisation, has reached over one million students, aged 5 – 25, in over 20,000 classrooms in all the 36 states across the country and the FCT through its three pillars of ‘Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy’.
In her remarks, at the closing ceremony of the programme, Gbadamosi reaffirmed JA Nigeria’s commitment to preparing young people for a brighter economic future.
“We are committed to preparing young people for the future through the implementation of various transformational programmes aimed at reskilling them, and one of the initiatives aimed at reskilling young people in this digital boot camp,” Gbadamosi said.
“We have a big picture, and it is a process. It is more than just the one week they have spent together learning, but the aftermath of what took place within the few days of the boot camp.”
In his address, the Executive Director of Operations of Sigma Pensions, Afolabi Folayan, noted that Sigma Pensions, since 2019, has been partnering with JA Nigeria, and has delivered three CSR projects targeted towards financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
In their partnership with JA Nigeria, Folayan said, “The projects have successfully reached over 3000 students directly, and we have supported Junior Achievement Nigeria to reach over one million young Nigerians.”
He stated that they have experienced the power of digital technology and that its exponential impact on growth further emphasises the importance of digital skills amongst young people.
“This is why we embarked on this Corporate Social Responsibility project to equip young people with digital skills which will add value to them, improve their employability, create businesses, and in extension, grow the Nigerian economy,” Folayan added.
One of the participants of the programme, Amarachi Nwakanma, said: “The digital boot camp was a life-changing experience, as I have acquired new skills in digital marketing, graphic design, and animation.
“I will hone my newly acquired skills and strive to be the best at them. I will also like to use this opportunity to thank Sigma Pensions and Junior Achievement Nigeria.”
The participants displayed their dexterity in an exhibition based on the skills they have learned and also engaged in a competition. Group 10 (Tech Genie) emerged as the winner and was awarded a cash prize of two hundred thousand naira.
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