Zariat Yetunde Ayoade reports,

Team Skills4All, made up of students of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, under the leadership of Abdulbasit Abiodun Ajibike and Umar Faruq Amori, has kicked off a skills acquisition training for out-of-school children in the university environs.

The programme, which is scheduled to hold across four weekends, began on July 9, to be concluded by July 30, 2023, at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

The training commenced on Sunday, July 9, 2023, with the team members introducing the kids to the different tools they will be using for the training sessions.

According to the project report, “Skills4All is a community intervention that aims to reduce the 3 million out-of-school children in Sokoto as reported, by empowering 50 out-of-school children, aged 10-15, in the campuses of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto State. Skills4All is a project dedicated to leveling the playing field and giving underprivileged kids the chance to learn occupational skills such as shoe-making, catering and cap-making, hair-styling and barbing; receive learning subsidies and start-up resources for 30% of participants”.

The project, which is fully-funded by LEAP Africa, aims to provide the opportunity and skills needed for out-of-school children in villages on the premises of UDUS to improve their lives and help them escape the cycle of exploitation and poverty and spur them to return to school.

This project is in advancement of the work of the non-profit, Leadership Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, established in 2002, in its commitment towards developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders.

“We won a sub-grant from LEAP Africa to execute the Skills4All project in Sokoto State. It was a combined effort of my team members and I,” the team leader, Abdulbasit Abiodun Ajibike, told PEN Press, expressing delight at the rare opportunity to be a young changemaker, who is attentive to his immediate environment.

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