Sunday, May 27, 2007
Dear Young Nigerian Professionals
You will agree with us that the last eight years of Democracy in Nigeria witnessed a lot of reforms that spans the economy, the polity, foreign policy, government empowerment programmes and others too numerous to mention. Also in April 2007, there was a general election which ushered in a new set of leaders at the political level; this is expected to take Nigeria to the next level of its development.
You are therefore invited to be part of a team of young professionals drawn from various professional organizations to review the impact of Government programmes on youths in the last eight years of democracy in Nigeria and make concrete inputs toward a better Nigeria through debates and affirmative action. This Youth Peer review breakfast meeting on Policy impact/ Review in Nigeria is jointly organized by Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), a not -for- profit organization sponsored by the Pat Utomi Legacy Foundation and Nigerian Professionals (NiPRO) International Network. The details are as follow:
DATE - Thursday, May 31, 2007
VENUE – Lagos Business School, Pan African University, 2, Ahmed Onibudo
Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
TIME - 9.00AM – 11.00 AM
Kindly confirm your participation on or before Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Special Guest for this breakfast meeting is Mr. Kamiludeen Olufowobi, Executive Director, Nigerian Professionals International Network, US, UK and Nigeria.
Nigerian Professionals International network
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Living Values For Positive Citizenship
NiPRO INTL. (NIGERIA) in cooperation with
2nd Module of POSITIVE CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP
June 15 to June 17, 2007
9am to 4pm daily
Yomi Oloko Development impact for Nigeria (DFIN) UK
JOIN THE NETWORK (FREE) TO RSVP
Coordinators: Victor Gotevbe, GM NiPRO Nigeria – 08033057677
Sponsor: Development impact for Nigeria (DIFN)
Why should you attend the networking event?
Theme – Exploring the idea of being a Citizen
Theme – Values and Citizenship
The three (3) days will be very participatory.
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iTech, an initiative of A Ray of Hope UNESCO and NiPRO International network an initiative of A Ray of Hope UNESCO and NiPro is a youth empowerment programme aimed at bridging the digital divide in fulfillment of some of her aims and objectives –
· To promote in children's minds that diversity leads to enrichment.
· To develop between children and teachers a greater understanding and mutual respect.
· To develop the relationships between our schools.
iTech creates an enabling environment for young people to associate with digital developments in their generation.
iTech has continued to create an avenue for teaching young people basic IT skills as well as a number of social values of integrity, respect for life, dignity of labour, appreciation of our culture and such related virtues.
· Encouraging national and international networking for children at early ages Generating and Developing Ict capability in young people.
· Creating content on the internet.
· Contrbuting to development and poverty alleviation through ICT.
· Promoting knowledge – based camping for children.
· Arresting youth restiveness through intellectual challenges.
· Drawing youth attention to issues of national focus thereby eliciting youth participation in such activities through informal teaching methods.
Criteria for participants to participate:
· Basic knowledge of computing (that is, ability to boot a system, handle the mouse and simple word processing).
· Nomination by school principals, parents or guardians.
· Physically challenged (handicapped, blind and Deaf).
· Sight seeing of natural endowment in the State.
· Choreography with indigenes.
· Cultural nite to feature the best people of the land, Music and Drama.
· Symposium, debates and career talks etc.
Soft wares that will be taught:
· Microsoft Frontpage
· Visual Basic
· Swish max
· Two (2)-week camp for two hundred and fifty (250) chosen people across the nation and West Africa.
· Required materials for all campers include clothes, sport wears, beddings, sweaters, jackets, skirts, trousers, toiletries and any already prescribed medication.
· Cell phones, electronic gadgets, CDs are prohibited in the camp and should NOT be brought to camp.
Theme: Perfecting International Culture and Tourism with Information and Communication Technology.
Sunday September 2 Participants' reception at Abuja airport and various bus stations.
September 3 Carnival for opening ceremony
September 4 – 12 Classes, Team work, Lectures, talks etc.
September 13 All stars cultural nite
Friday September 14 Departure.
Meeting with the partners and sponsors
Meeting with the principals of the schools
Meeting with logistics heads.
Roll out flyers and banners.
Reports of the trip to Ghana.
Day 1. Visited the UNESCO Ghana office and spoke with the person in charge of Information and technology for the youths in Ghana; Ezekiel. He was so happy to know about this programme and pledge the support of the Organization. He said he will inform the country director. I was asked to come back the next day.
I visited The Kofi Anan Computer Centre. This is where the training will be taking place. I met with the lady in charge and she said all we need to book the place is a letter stating who we are and what we want to do not forgetting the duration.
I visited Promasidor (Makers of Cowbell Powdered Milk) in Ghana. I spoke with the marketing manager about partnering with us. They pledge their support and I have been asked to bring our brochure to solidify the partnership.
I visited Busy Internet for support and got the same kudos.
I revisited the UNESCO Office in Ghana and I was told to bring the brochure to support my words.
Day 3 I visited two secondary schools and spoke with their principals about this initiative.
I visited the University of Ghana, Legon. This is where we'll be housing the children in.
I left on the fourth day.
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I just wanted to let you know that we have received the gifts you kindly donated. The boxes of exercise books, reading books, spelling books, number lines etc are a real treasure. At the moment we are gathering together all the donated gifts so we can divide them amongst our 6 teams heading out to Uganda and hopefully get as much through as possible!
We will take a few photos when we are giving everything out as I know you had requested this to put on the unesco website. It is also good for people to be able to see the donated items being put to good use. I am leaving in 6 weeks time and won’t be back until the end of August so it will probably be Sep before I can get the photos sent.
If you would like them posted, please give me an address, or I can e-mail them to you.
Many thanks for all your kindness. I haven’t forgotten about the wish list, once we are out it will give us a better idea of what we really need!
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