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Ajegunle.org graduates 138 students

With support from Microsoft,Standard Chartered Bank Plc, United Kingdom Trade and Investment, UKTI and Airline Services Ltd, United Kingdom Trade and Investment, and British Deputy High Commission Lagos, Nigerian Bottling Company, the second Town Hall Meeting and Graduation ceremony of the Ajegunle.org project was held in Lagos last week.

The Ajegunle.org project, which has trained 138 young people since inception – who have in turn trained over 306 peers is an initiative of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). It is a social enterprise designed to improve the lives of young Nigerians living in under-served areas through ICT skills training and development, entrepreneurship training and industrial short-term internships. The project also offers train-the-trainer capacity building which enables participants coach others.

Ngozi Ife Anene, PR and Communications Lead, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa who was at the meeting expressed satisfaction in the project. “We are pleased to be part of the success story of these young people. Using our innovative technology, Microsoft will continue to invest in the development and futures of young people – helping them reach their full potential, making them positive change agents in Nigeria and in so doing, build a stronger economy and community”.

The 2011 Town Hall Meeting was chaired by Professor Pat Utomi, chairman of the board of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria. Attending the event were families and friends of the graduates, event sponsors and other partner organizations — Afrinvest WA, DHL, London Metropolitan University, Microsoft Nigeria, Lornamead Africa, First City Monument Bank, and Teledom International.

The main highlight of the Town Hall Meeting was the presentation of the model for a planned community-focused Innovation Center by ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, PIN. The Innovation Centre which will serve as a major hub for community development will have adequate facilities for IT training and space for project graduates to practice their newly acquired IT skills.

“We are excited about the establishment of the Innovation Centre. It will be a centre for personal development, a place where these young people can channel their energies positively, develop IT skills and improve their chances at becoming role models for other young people”, Sesan said.

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