Its been a while, but you can be sure that a lot has been brewing. Let me quickly update you on the Ajegunle.org project. With the project’s complete description at www.ajegunle.org, permit me to provide information about where we are — and where we are headed.
Following the project design (April 2007), partnership development meetings (May – June), baseline study (May – June), program logistics’ evaluation (July) and trainee selection (July), we hosted the orientation session on July 24, 2007. This was followed by the ICT Capacity Building component of the program which was anchored by Korean Internet Volunteers (who were sent by the Korean Agency for Digital Opportunities and Promotion, to help PIN on the project). The first training segment was laced with courtesy visits, media exposure and cultural exchange. The KIVs and PIN also took time out to share the outcome of the first phase of the project with students outside Lagos — along with young Nigerians who joined us in celebrating this year’s International Youth Day.
Having completed the first component, we commenced the entrepreneurship component of the training last week and we are excited about the response of the students to class work, assignments and group discussions. Upon completion of the entrepreneurship module on August 24, the trainees will spend a day at the offices of the publishers of Success Digest and Complete Football — and will meet with Dr. Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase, who will share his entrepreneurial story as a form of challenge to the trainees. Ahead of the commencement of the next training in October, this first set of trainees will continue the training chain and also use ICTs to ignite their entrepreneurial passion. Two of the trainees will have the opportunity of interning at the Trade Division of the British Deputy High Commission, where they will get exposure to the world of work and international trade. We are also discussing with other partners on additional internship opportunities.
PIN hopes to partner with 2 dynamic institutions who may host the different components (ICTs and Entrepreneurship) of the training beginning with the next set, and will also host a Graduation Ceremony/Public Presentation of the Ajegunle.org project in September 2007. You may download the interim project report here or from the Ajegunle.org website.