Unlocking Empowerment Opportunities for Youth in Nigeria

Girl holding Sandals she made

During this training, I learnt how to make shoes, and I have made two pairs of shoes, I am currently wearing one and I sold the other one for N3000, which is my first profit ever, I am really excited, I couldn’t have made it without KIR Foundation, I thank everybody that supports KIR Foundation.
The above statement by Favour Nnachi, a 16 years old SS1 student who was among the 18 youth that participated in the KIR Foundation Teenage Easter Empowerment Programme, shows that there are many untapped potentials in young people and there is a need to unlock these potentials.

The KIR Foundation Teenage Easter Empowerment Programme (TEEP) commenced on Monday the 1st of April and ended on the 18th of April. The participants were trained in the following skills; Shoe making, Soap making, Sign Language, Making Skincare Products, Basic ICT. The facilitators were; Osaghe Osamuyi for Shoe making, Imoh Etim for Sign Language, Rebecca Asemokhe for Soap Making, Violet Maxwell- Benson for skincare Products and Mina Tamunowari for Basic ICT.
Footwears made at HEP 2019
The relevance of vocational training in our developing economy cannot be overemphasized, this is because Nigeria ranked 152 of 157 countries in the World Bank’s 2018 Human Capital Index due to Under Investment. Furthermore, the country continues to face massive developmental challenges, which include the need to reduce the dependency on oil and diversify the economy.

According to the World Bank Report, Nigeria with a population of approximately 197 million, accounts for about 47% of West Africa’s population, and has one of the largest populations of youth in the world.

Some of the KIR Foundation TEEP youth beneficiaries are disadvantaged youth who want to attend tertiary institutions, but are held back by lack of funding. Through our skills acquisition projects, these youths are equipped with relevant skills that are consistent with the needs of the labour market. Thus, enabling our beneficiaries to get employment or become self-employed so that they can afford good education and help develop the society.
Favour holding Sandals

Jennifer Chinedu, one of the participants said “The high rate of unemployed graduates I see in the society motivated me to join the Teenage Easter Empowerment programme, I want to learn skills to empower myself so I can be self-employed. I thank KIR Foundation for making it possible for me to learn these skills".

News and Opportunities



HEARING IMPAIRED OPPORTUNITIES
The Starkey Hearing Foundation, a leading U.S based non-governmental organization in the field of Ear and Hearing Care will be in Nigeria to provide Ear and Hearing care services to Nigerians with Hearing challenges from 7th - 11th May 2019. This includes the provision of free hearing aids and aftercare services for already fitted patients. The mission will be held on the 7th and 8th of May at Michael Okpara Square, Enugu and on 10th and 11th May at the Calabar Municipality, Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

Those interested can contact 08067613481, 07084047856, 09064421566, 08151863072


LAMBDA SCHOOL AFRICA PILOT
Lambda School is opening applications for the first time to students from Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. This is what you get:
  1. An intensive full-time, 9-month full stack software development training program, at no upfront cost
  2. During the program, Paystack will pay for a membership to a co-work space near you so you have access to reliable electricity and internet
  3. After the program, you'll have the chance to be hired by Paystack, and we're also happy to introduce you to the many Paystack merchants (including some of the best companies in Nigeria) who're looking for development talent.
Apply for the Lambda School Africa Pilot by clicking HERE


YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN CONGRESS
The Young African Women Congress (YAWC) is an annual Pan-African platform organised by ExLA Group to promote the empowerment and the enhancement of the skills of women for Africa’s sustainable development. The congress is open to young African women both on the continent and the diaspora, aspiring for leadership and change at various levels, who demonstrate some level of commitment and enthusiasm in championing the agenda for women empowerment on the African continent.

Eligibility
  1.  Women within the age limits of 18 to 45 years from Africa and the diaspora. Non-African women who have lived and worked on women empowerment issues in Africa are equally eligible.
  2.  English/French language proficiency
  3.  Desire to positively impact Africa
  4.  Commitment to serving the development agenda for women on the African continent
  5. It's an online registration and the event will be held In the University of Ghana Accra, from the 21st-25th July 2019.
For further information and registration visit HERE

EDUCATIONUSA OPPORTUNITY FUNDS PROGRAM (OFP)
There are many determined and talented, low-income students in Nigeria who only require financial resources and access to information to better their educational future. For the 11th year, the United States Embassy, Nigeria seeks to identify academically qualified and highly motivated, low-income students in Nigeria to join the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP).

OFP’s mission is to assist talented and determined, low-income students who are good candidates for financial assistance from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.

OFP works closely with students through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars to assist them throughout the application process to secure admission and scholarships to attend colleges and universities in The United States. OFP finances the cost of the application process, including registration fees for required standardized examinations and provides free membership to the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center for its participants. OFP expects a sincere commitment from the students to give their energy and time to the program so that they may achieve their dreams of study in the United States.

Applicants are welcome from all the states in Nigeria. However, students must be able to reach our offices in Abuja or Lagos on a monthly basis during the program for full participation. Participants will work with our EducationUSA Advisors from June 2019 – August 2020 to try to secure places and financial assistance to begin study in the U.S. in August 2020.

NOTE: ENTRANCE INTO THIS PROGRAM IS NO GUARANTEE OF A SCHOLARSHIP OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDY IN THE U.S.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The selection of finalists for OFP is highly competitive, given limited funding. We look for applicants with:

  1. Strong academic record/ transcript
  2. Robust participation in extracurricular activities
  3. Involvement in leadership roles
  4. Excellent community service participation
  5. Financial Need
NOTE: Undergraduate Applicants– If WAEC results are not available; the student must be currently in SS3. If WAEC results are available, they must be from May/June WAEC.

Students who have already started a University education are NOT eligible to apply.

Requirements
· Complete Application Form
· Academic Results:
Ø Undergraduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your WAEC “O” Level results (from WAEC website). Include Cambridge A’Level or IGSCE results if applicable or available.
Ø Graduate Applicants– Attach a copy of your Final year results and degree results (if available) First Class only (STEM majors preferred).
· Letters of recommendation:
Ø Undergraduate Applicants: Request a teacher or your school principal to complete a letter of recommendation form, attesting to your character, talent and skills. Please do not include a basic testimonial that does not talk about you as an individual.
Ø Graduate Applicants: Provide the details of a lecturer, professor, or Head of Department (HOD) that we can contact to find out more about you.
· Transcript:
Ø Undergraduate Applicants: Send a scanned copy of your transcript from JS1 to SS3 including your mock and first term results, if possible.
Ø Graduate Applicants– Send a scanned copy of your transcripts that show a GPA of 4.5 or above on a 5.0 scale.
· Essays:
Write two essays, one from Group A and one from Group B, each of about 250– 300 words. The essay topics will be on the application form you receive. (Essay topics will be found on the form)

APPLICATION OPENS APRIL 15, 2019 AND CLOSES MAY 31, 2019
HOW TO APPLY
· Undergraduate applicants apply here
· Graduate applicants apply here
For more details visits here

UNFCCC-GIR-CASTT PROGRAMME ON GREENHOUSE GASES
A professional training programme on the transparency of climate action and support organized jointly by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Research Center of Korea is now officially open for applications.
Offered in collaboration by the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Research Center of Korea (GIR) from 2017, UNFCCC-GIR-CASTT is a professional training on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories to national experts from developing countries.

The programme seeks to provide professional training on greenhouse gas inventories to national experts from developing countries. The training is the first of its kind under the UNFCCC-CASTT initiative on climate action support and transparency training.

Overall, the comprehensive programme looks to facilitate effective and universal participation of countries in the measurement, reporting and verification arrangements under the UNFCCC and the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement. Its goal is to enhance the technical capacity of individuals and to improve the overall competency in reporting and in contributing to climate action.

Eligibility Requirements
- Current government officials, consultant and researchers
- Relevant experience in GHGs or climate change response-related field
- Entry-mid level professionals
- Bachelor's degree or higher
- Capability to understand lectures and give presentations in English (Candidates may be administered an English test via phone)
- Individuals with intermediate on IT proficiency

Financial Support
- Round-trip flight ticket
- Accommodation and meal for the duration of the programme
- Travel insurance
* Any incidental charges incurred shall be paid by individuals.

Key Programme Contents
- Reporting and Review under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement
- GHG Inventory Compilation
- Sectoral GHG Estimation Methodology
- GHG Projections
- Hands-on Exercise
Key Dates
15 April Application Period Starts
10 May Application Deadline
5 June Announcement of Selected Applicants
21 July Arrival in Korea
22 July Programme Opening Ceremony
14 August Closing Ceremony
15 August Departure from Korea
To apply visit here


NCD CHILD YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM APPLICATION
NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition focused on the prevention, treatment, and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in children, adolescents, and young people. NCD Child advocates for the inclusion of children, adolescents, and young people in the global NCD agenda and inclusion of child and adolescent NCD prevention in the Sustainable Developmental Goals; promotes both treatment and prevention for addressing the NCD burden; and supports the inclusion of youth and family voices in global and country planning for NCDs.

For this reason, we have initiated an annual leadership program for youth aged 19-30 to serve as a skill building, project incubator as well as a unified organization of young professionals who are fully equipped to dive deep into international policy-making.

This application is your chance to tell us why you're a good fit. We want this leadership program to be accessible to passionate young advocates from all regions and all educational backgrounds, so do not worry if you have yet to complete a degree. We will assess these applications from a holistic lens. Just tell us what health equity and NCDs mean to you, what problems you face in your setting, region or country in relation to NCDs, and what you would like to contribute to the program.

Eligibility criteria:
- 19-30 years of age
- Experience in NCD advocacy
- Motivation
- Availability and commitment
Applications are due April 25, 2019.

To apply visit HERE
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PAN AFRICA YOUTH CALL FOR COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES
The Pan African Youth Festival is a high-level African youth forum, which was inspired by the African Youth Charter (Article 26(i) to foster transformation. The festival brings together ordinary young people, elected representatives and key stakeholders to explore the living situations and perspectives of the young African generation. At the festival, young people (16 to 35) are able to have a live interface and engagement with key policymakers, diplomatic missions, academia, media, the formal and informal private sector actors and civil society actors through a mixture of appealing keynote addresses and panels, customized debates, speeches, exhibitions, interactive workshops and seconded by colourful cultural side-events. African Youth Federation convenes the festival in collaboration with other partners.
The 2nd Pan African Youth Festival calls for Country Representatives to market, coordinate delegates’ activities, manage selection and travel arrangement on behalf of the Festival Directorate in Kampala, Uganda.

Roles are voluntary but officials are exempted from payment of Festival fees and have a commission of 10% of delegates' fee.

Eligibility:
Applicants should be within 18 to 30 years.
For more information about the Festival, click here here

To apply click here

The Journey so far: Last Week, Today

At KIR Foundation, we had several activities going on that educate the minds of the young people that visit our Resource and Rehabilitation center. These activities are aimed at increasing the learnability curve in our society and prepare young people to take advantage of the available opportunities in the society. These activities include:

THE EASTER EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
During the Easter Empowerment Program, the trainees were taught Basic Sign Language, ICT (Microsoft office suite and Basic Coding) and how to make organic skin care product. They were also introduced to shoemaking.
Shoe making class


THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The KIR Foundation community library contains resourceful books for Children, Teenagers, and Adults. The library is open to the public and free for use from Monday to Friday by 10am. We also give our beneficiaries preparing to take the computer-based JAMB exams the opportunity to practice using our computers for free. Also, every Friday by 2:30pm – 3:30pm the center hosts a youth hub called Thank God Its Inspirational Friday (TGIIF) which offers mentorship and self-development opportunities with a blend of extracurricular activities to young people.
TGIIF


KIR FOUNDATION CLUB
We do not only engage our beneficiaries with books, but we develop their learning and critical thinking skills through intellectual games such as Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble and Game of Life. Aside from Games Club we also have a "Coding Club" where teenagers are taught basic coding for app develpment, webiste design and game develpment.
Coding club

News and Opportunities

News and Opportunities

COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE ONE YOUNG WORLD CONFERENCE
One Young World is delighted to offer this scholarship in partnership with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to connect young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth with the opportunity to attend One Young World conference in 2019. The Scholarship, in particular, seeks to support young leaders who are active in one of the following areas:

  • Achieving change through sport
  • Preserving and protecting the environment
  • Creating healthier communities
  • Increasing access to quality education

You are eligible for sponsorship if you:
  1. Are between the ages of 18 - 30
  2. Have an evidenced commitment to delivering positive change in at least one of the following areas:
  • Sport
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Demonstrate capacity for leadership
  • Are addressing key local and/or global issues in your work
  • Have a track record of generating impactful and innovative ideas
  • Are a national (passport holding citizen) of one of the countries listed.
Application Deadline: 5 May 2019 For application and more details CLICK HERE


YALI RLC WEST AFRICA EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAMME
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. They offer you an online training program in the following courses:
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Civil Society leadership
  • Public sector management
Deadline to the application is 19 April 2019.

The Competition for the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa is merit-based and open to young West African leaders who meet the following criteria:
  1. Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission,
  2. Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Burkina Faso.
  3. Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  4. Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Ghana, and
  5. Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.
For application and further details CLICK HERE

AI VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

The AI Virtual Conference is an online event where you will hear from subject matter experts as they deep dive into business transformation with Artificial Intelligence and show you how this can be achieved across various industries and organization sizes.

Attend the full conference, or tune-in to the session of your choice and take a break from your day to learn about the latest technological developments that can set your business up for success. To apply CLICK HERE

CSDevNet CALL FOR APPLICATION
Climate & Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) brings together community associations, pastoralists, youth and women groups, media networks, faith-based and civil society organisations working on sustainable development goals to commonly promote and advocate pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change and sustainable development.

To apply for CSDevNet membership online, CLICK HERE
GTR WEST AFRICA CONFERENCE 2019
For corporates and trade financiers looking to make their next move in West Africa, GTR’s conference offers an ideal platform to expand professional networks and hear cutting-edge perspectives from a wide range of trade and export finance experts. A comprehensive 2 day agenda featuring key government actors and regulators, leading financiers and risk management experts will assess the impact of Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election and explore key regional trends, financing hurdles and innovative solutions within areas such as hard commodities trade, infrastructure investment and agribusiness.

They will gather to present a comprehensive view of the opportunities available across the region. Join hundreds of senior market peers in Lagos to gain business critical insight and create crucial contacts. Venue: Lagos, Nigeria | Eko Hotels & Suites Date: 25-26 April 2019. For more Information, visit HERE

CALL FOR APPLICATION
The ALC is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Peace and Security Fellowship for African Women for 2019/2020. This Fellowship is an intellectual and financial award to those who are able to portray convincing demonstrable or potential capacity to bring about intellectual, policy or other change in their field. The Fellowship is a postgraduate non-degree programme and does not lead to an academic qualification. This is a one-year Fellowship, divided into two six-month phases. The deadline for application is 30th April 2019.

The ALC aims to build a new community of leaders generating cutting edge knowledge on peace, security and development. To this end, the ALC undertakes to do the following:

· Create an enabling environment for ideas that are grounded in African realities;

· Provide space for interaction with role models;

· Build capacity for independent thinking;

· Expand the knowledge base to develop transformational ideas that can be nurtured to create visions of change;

· Create opportunities to transfer knowledge to achieve multiplier effects for communities;

· Connect with processes nationally, regionally and globally, especially in the field of peace and security;

· Build lasting partnerships that will maintain an African-led vision of change.

Eligibility

· Candidates must be female citizens of African countries.

· Successful candidates must hold valid travel documents prior to acceptance.

· Candidates must have knowledge of, or experience of women’s rights, gender and development issues.

· Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to contribute to work on peace and security in Africa.

· Candidates must be able to demonstrate capacity to undertake research on issues relating to peace and security in Africa.

· Candidates must demonstrate commitment to the core values of the programme: Independent thinking; Integrity; Pursuit of Excellence and Respect for diversity in all its forms.

· Candidates must have a relevant institutional base and be endorsed by an organization with which they have been involved for at least two years. Exceptional candidates without such organizational ties may be given special consideration.
· Candidates must have a demonstrable plan for how to utilize knowledge gained in the Fellowship upon return to their countries and/ or organizations.
· Candidates must hold a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent level of professional experience.
· Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Before you begin your application, please take time to carefully go through the online application guidance HERE

The following documents are required, before your application will be considered complete:
· A letter of application detailing your relevant experience and qualifications.
· A supporting statement no longer than 1,000 words, detailing why you think that this programme is important and future plans for engagement with peace and security issues.
· 2 letters of recommendation (To be received directly from the Referees by the deadline of 23:59 hrs, 30 April 2019. Applicants will provide names and contacts of referees; referees will then receive email notification asking them to submit the reference).
· Recent curriculum vitae.
· One writing sample of previous work (maximum 2000 words - example can include original research paper, extracts from dissertation, essay paper, policy paper relevant to peace and security etc).
· One research proposal of no more than 1000 words on a topic dealing with any one of the following 3 sets of questions: o What role does gender play in the peace, security, and development challenges in Africa?

o How does gender affect the contested relationships between citizens and the state in Africa? What are the implications for African governance?

o How are international normative frameworks, in particular UNSCR 1325 and other related resolutions, influencing regional peace and security mechanisms in Africa?

o What leadership issues confront a next generation of policy makers and practitioners, seeking more inclusive and participatory solutions to some of the peace, security and development dilemmas in Africa?

All supporting documents should be submitted via the online portal. To apply CLICK HERE

WORKSHOP ON SDGS COMMUNICATION AND ACTIVISM
This one-day SDGs Communication and Activism workshop aims to give participants the tools and resources required to tell stories that connect with their intended audience and how to achieve a successful Call To Action (CTA) in their SDGs Activism engagements. The workshop is important for Postgraduates, Youth Corpers, Activists, Undergraduate, Foundations, CSO’s and Early Career professionals who aspire to build a career in Sustainability.

Environmentalists, Economists, Lecturers, Business Development Managers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Risk Officers, CSR/Sustainability Managers, Special Project Teams, Product Development Teams, Occupational Health and Safety Officers, Supply Chain Managers, Operational Personnel, Purchasing Agent, Facilities Managers, Engineers, Governance and Risk Managers, Human Resources, Marketing/Communications/PR, Quality Personnel, Accountants, and everyone in setting direction, managing risk and developing environmental and Climate Change Strategy of an organisation will find this workshop very valuable.

Registration Ends on the 24 April 2019. To register and for more information click HERE

TGIIF Youth Hub: Mentorship Friday

TGIIF Youth hub - Mentorship friday

Today's TGIIF was another refreshing moment. We had what we call a "Mentorship Friday" today, where the dreams and aspirations of TGIIF youths were explored.
Anchor - Mentorship Friday


First of all, we watched a video on how to have good drreams and how to follow them. After the video, the TGIIF youths (participants) gave different ways in which one can put one's dream to work.

One of the participants, Kevin Diri, said "You have to brainstorm ideas, create a strategic plan and stick with it."

We watched another video explaining, the five things stopping one from achieving one's dreams, which includes;

  1. Our Pasts
  2. Limited Beliefs
  3. Other People's Opinions
  4. Relationships and
  5. Money
The TGIIF youths also added to the list; Regrets (Which seemed like "Pasts") and Procrastination (The giant killer).

Vocational Rehabilitation: A path to inclusion

Vocational rehabilitation
How do I make the world better for persons with disabilities? one may ask. People with disabilities need skills to engage in livelihood activities, but they start with a number of disadvantages. Their families and communities may assume that they are unable to engage in such activities. They often lack access to basic education, making them unqualified to join skills training courses. These disadvantages frequently result in a lack of skills, as well as low confidence, expectations and achievement.

One major way of integrating persons with disabilities into society is through VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION.

Wikipedia defines vocational rehabilitation as a process which enables persons with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or impairments or health disabilities to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining, or returning to employment or other useful occupation.

The term "Vocational Rehabilitation" means that part of the continuous and coordinated process of rehabilitation which involves the provision of those vocational services, e. g. vocational guidance, vocational training and selective placement, designed to enable a disabled person to secure and retain suitable employment.

Blind Children smiling
Vocational Rehabilitation involves job training and placement. It can help persons with disabilities acquire the different types of skills required for successful work. These skills include foundation skills acquired through education and family life, technical and professional skills which enable a person to undertake a particular activity or task, business skills required to succeed in self-employment and core life skills, including attitudes, knowledge and personal attributes.

Vocational rehabilitation can enable people with disabilities access work opportunities, by actively promoting and facilitating the acquisition of relevant knowledge, skills and attitude. It also gives persons with disabilities an opportunity to be integrated into the working world.