By Paul Efiong Abuja
Paradigm Initiative, a prominent social enterprise in the ICT sector, has revealed how it provided free training in ICT and entrepreneurship to 667 youth in 2017. This is contained in the 2017 Annual Report of the organization released recently to the public.
The Lagos-based organisation said its LIFE program is dedicated to empowering young people in underserved communities with life-changing Life skills, ICT, Financial readiness and Entrepreneurship skills.
The LIFE program, which took off in Ajegunle in 2007, has now trained over 5, 000 in its eleven years of existence.
In 2017 alone, Paradigm Initiative said it graduated 248 trainees who successfully completed the 10-week intensive training program at its three centres.
The organisation said it also trained a further 96 through its newly-introduced LIFE@School program. Another 332 female beneficiaries participated in various digital readiness workshop organised by the organisation. This brought the total number of beneficiaries of Paradigm Initiative’s digital inclusion efforts in 2017 to 667.
According to ‘Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, “While our focus is on impact and not numbers, we are glad to see that more under-served youth are getting connected to opportunities through our digital inclusion and digital rights programs.”