First batch of ICT-skilled professionals graduates from the YouthMobile Project Initiative in Nigeria
On March 13, the first 418 Nigerian youths participating in UNESCO’s YouthMobile Project initiative officially graduated. The project consisted in providing participants with 10 months of training to introduce them to computer science programming and problem-solving skills that will enable them to develop and promote mobile applications that address local issues of sustainable development and unemployment.
The program was funded with the support of UNESCO and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), which provided NGN 138 million (USD 384,000) in infrastructure and training for participants. The second phase is now set to begin for training additional 600 youths.
According to Mr. Mohammed Bello, FCTA Minister, “Beneficiaries have been given skills required to excel and we expect it to translate to increase youth productivity and employment. We hope it will also help in the promotion of peaceful coexistence among the youths and communities.”
Immediately after the end of the program, 12% of the participants have already secured direct jobs through the skills they acquired.