Over 40% of youth in Nigeria are unemployed. One major factor for the unemployment rate is the lack of employability skills. However, Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation, is bridging this gap.
KIR Foundation encourages and provides the opportunity for young people to acquire market-relevant skills for some of the following reasons;
Thompson, a 16-year-old TEEP trainee registered for TEEP because he wanted to learn Graphic Design using Canva. He said before enrolling for TEEP, he was learning Graphic Design, using Corel Draw. He had difficulties working with and creating designs. He was very frustrated and gave up. However, learning how to create and work with designs using Canva has exposed him to an easier way to become a Graphic Designer. He can now create Logos, Posters, and Flyers, thus, what was arduous with Corel Draw is now easier with Canva
– Great, a 16-year-old TEEP Trainee.
Princewill a 19-year-old TEEP Trainee, said he was grateful to the Canva Design facilitator ‘Wisdom Macdonald’ because; he opened his eyes to the truth when he told the trainees:
“You can be a designer and create the world you want!”
“TEEP has changed my perspective and inspired me to be a good leader and teach others. I will teach my peers the new skills I have learnt, while I continue learning.”
– Amos, 17-year-old TEEP Trainee.
Holiday Empowerment Project (HEP)
KIR FOUNDATION DISABILITY INCLUSIVE HOLIDAY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT TRAINING YOUTH TO LEARN AND EARN
Young people in the 21st Century must have digital and soft skills to be workplace ready and earn in the marketplace. Most youth like Victor, our Hearing-impaired beneficiary, in our public schools as they progress through their academic journeys and into the workforce, do not have the opportunity to learn digital, creative and soft skills that will enable them to become stronger visual communicators who harness the spectrum of technical mediums to influence the world around them. These skills empower them to go beyond the written word to create videos, photos, presentations, and infographics that educate, raise awareness, and create deeper connections to critical issues in our world.
This year, we organized two Holiday Empowerment Projects (HEP), that took place in Port Harcourt and Katsina State. In Port Harcourt from the 17th to the 20th of August, we trained 38 youth at the KIR Foundation Inclusive Community Centre. The beneficiaries were trained on Canva Design which was facilitated by Wisdom Macdonald, Digital Marketing by Theodora Isola, Storytelling by Deborah Ikechukwu, Resume writing by Emmanuel Macdonald, Hhow to optimize the use of Telegram and Google by Ejike Williams Onyeke and WhatsApp optimization by David Daniel