Partnership Initiative to train Nigerian youths in ICTs and agriculture

Picture by LirneAsia. From Flickr CC By 2.0.

Picture by LirneAsia. From Flickr CC By 2.0.

The Foundation for Partnership Initiative in Niger Delta (PIND) and the Ford Foundation reached an agreement with nine partner organizations to train 1,000 Nigerian young people from the region in agriculture and ICTs. The agreement was reached as part of a broader program called the Niger Delta Youth Empowerment Pathways (NDYEP), which intends to train young women and men to leverage information and communication technology tools for becoming self-employed in agriculture.

Over a period of six months, beneficiaries of the program will learn about different technical, business and employability skills in order to increase their job readiness. They will receive multiple opportunities for becoming interns or trainees in three pilot states that include Abia, Akwa, and Ibom. The three pilot states were selected given the high levels of unemployment, however, more states will be included to the program in the long term.

The main target group will be comprised of young male and female school leavers aged 16 to 26 mainly from rural areas, and persons with disabilities. Partner organizations include IG Hub, ENDIP, Start Innovation Hub, Ibiteinye Foundation, Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC); Doctor Fish Agric Consult, Keeping it Real Foundation, Netopps and Cinfores.

Source: The Nation Online NG