It was a proud moment and an atmosphere of happiness in Iworo Kingdom, Badagry ,Lagos last Thursday 19th August 2021 as Olu-Kosoko Foundation in partnership with Tech4Dev certifies their first cohort participants of students in basic digital literacy in Badagry.
The Olu-Kosoko Digital Education Academy( OKDEA ) which was launched May 20th this year by the foundation, promises to bridge digital divide in rural communities and tackle the challenges of digital literacy in Badagry and by extension Lagos state, with a strategic plan to train 1500 persons for FREE within 36months, as a panacea to tackle post-COVID19 unemployment menace in our society.
The founder of the foundation, Prince Olu Kosoko, in his welcome address, appreciated the students and the parents for believing in NGO’s vision and also gave them the assurance of continuous impact to the communities through more life changing programs. The digital program trained 60 students on Basic digital literacy for 8 weeks and after a careful assessment, 28 students graduated with certification.
Speaking at the occasion before presenting certificates to the successful participants, HRM Oba Friday Oladele Kosoko, the Oniworo of Iworo kingdom who doubles as the chairman of the Occasion expresses his happiness about the successful completion of the program, not only because it is happening in his community, but also an initiative of his first son as a way of giving back and developing his fatherland. He further charged the graduating students to use the certificates and the knowledge acquired for nation building and self-development.
To enforce the NGO commitment to self responsibility, the two guest Speakers , Dr Tobi Amosu and Ms Grace Popoola spoke on two fundamental topics which were “Improve Leadership Capacity by Embracing technology with the Vision of Changing the Narratives” and “opportunities of a girl child in tech “ respectively.
They both charged the graduands to be proud of their achievements and believe in their new knowledge to be utilised in any opportunity they find themselves.
Also gracing the occasion was the principal of the Iworo-Ajido senior Model college and the principal of the Iworo-Ajido Junior Model college, ably represented by his vice Mr Ashaka Sunday.
Miss Boluwaji Akinlade, an advocate for capacity building while giving brief description about the digital program, she congratulates the successful participants and also gave kudos to the parents for making their children available for this life changing opportunity.
Speaking on behalf of other parents, the testimonials given by Mr Isreal and Mrs Otegbola were full of praises and appreciations, for seeing theirs children/wards getting upscaled with highly sought-after skills, without any fee attached.
Aside instant cash gift received from the Oniworo of iworo kingdom, the highest graduating student Mr Attunise Moshood also got a gift of laptop from the invited guest speaker Dr. Tobi Amosu, who announced the surprise gift during his lecture, to appreciate the graduand for his dedication and commitment towards achieving such a landmark success and also charge all other graduating students to use the acquired knowledge to change their environment and impact the world.
In a closing remark,.Mr Ayo.Sottin, the project Coordinator.of the foundation thanked Tech4Dev for their partnership on the digital advocacy in Badagry , Also thanked Mr David Babale who trained the students on leadership courses during the program.
He also thanked all donors and volunteers for their support through this digital journey and advise interested applicants to come pick free form in the NGO’S office in Badagry.