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[Ibadan]–Some students and alumni of the University of Ibadan, under the aegis of Young African Diplomats Network (YADN) has conducted a free mentorship and capacity building program for secondary school students at Olubi Memorial Grammar School, Ibadan.

The event which was benefitted from by over 300 students was based on the thematic courses of“Career Development, Self Discovery, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, Effective Communication and Literacy, Child Rights and Basic Fundamental Human Rights, and the 17 United Nations SDGS as it relates to Civic Responsibilities”.

According to the report of the event which held on March 16, 2017, “the training was pragmatic, interactive and well engaging, as all the students were asked questions relating to their career, ambitions and also taught on developing passion.”

“The unflinching support of the team cannot be underestimated following the roles of every resilient volunteer, Fidelis Bonaventure (Convener, YADN), Afolabi Williams (Project Director), Ehijozie (Graphics/Media), Edward Itoyum (Facilitator), Claire Elueze (Resource Officer), Kehinde Muraina (Group Secretary), Mitchel Amaechi (Facilitator), Omolara Alabi (Facilitator), Francis Ezeudu (Facilitator), Adelana Adebayo (Facilitator). ”

“More so, after the training, a one-to-one interaction was done to impact the students individually with the facilitators. While on this process, a mentor mapping was done, while at least 5 students were mapped to each volunteer to create a long lasting relationship of progress on the students”, the report states.

Young African Diplomats Network is a non-profit organization; a youth and social development initiative established in 2014 with the aim of building a generation of young leaders, professional volunteers, aspiring captains of industries, and civic leaders towards becoming global leaders, ambassadors of transformational change and world class trailblazers in all sectors.

“Our mission is to educate, empower, mentor and improve the lives of young people especially under-served youths in urban and rural communities by promoting leadership development, entrepreneurship, training in life skills and diplomatic soft skills, mentorship program and enhancing life-long learning.”

“Our overall goal is to bridge leadership gaps through literacy, youth capacity building and civic engagement initiatives in a bid to effect sustainable change and impact in the society.”

Based on the observation of the YADN, the report which was signed by the Project Director, Afolabi Williams, was based on three recommendations.

“Firstly, as much as we are impact driven, we will ensure effective communication with the school to address their challenges and bridge the government gap and other NGOs to help build their school.”

Secondly, “we’ll introduce book clubs, competitions (e.g Maths Competition, Reading Competition, Spelling Bee etc.) that would assist these young students financially and expose them to opportunities, or award program that can be organised for them, this would create a better platform for students in marginalised communities.”

“Lastly, we believe in synergy and collaborative efforts in building a society that is resilient and developed, however, we would channel several partnerships and with as many other young people that can take up responsibilities in ensuring this project replicates in other places”, the report states.

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