By Kayode Fasua
South Africa-based Africa Skills Centre (ASC) has disclosed that over 600 youths, equitably drawn from Nigeria and South Africa, benefitted from its skill acquisition programmes, in the last one year.
Speaking in a chat with THISDAY, the Director of the ASC, Mr. Honey Olawale, said the body was projecting over 5,000 such beneficiaries for the next two years.
“Our skill acquisition programmes are tuition free and are intended to fine-tune Africa’s educational system, to rise above theory and theory alone, and embrace practical knowledge.
“While we want schools in Nigeria to buoy their syllabi with practical works like wood work, metal work, tailoring, auto engineering and the like, we are first leading by example to attain educational renaissance,” he explained.
Nigeria-born Olawale said it was for that reason that the ASC set out to organise its first Education Awards and Lecture with theme, “Education and National Development”, slated for Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
“The event, which is going to be virtual in deference to COVID-19 protocls, is designed to address teething problems in Nigeria’s educational system, with a view to presenting our submissions to the federal government,” he stressed.
According to him, the ASC would hold the session in collaboration with Southwest, Northwest and Southeast Awards (SNEAWARDS), a Nigeria’s regional socio-economic assessment body.
Olawale also disclosed that Nigeria’s Deputy Senate Leader, Professor Borrofice Ajayi, and the Director of Leadership in Obscurity Network in the United States of America (USA), Mr. Jerry Vreeman, are going to be guest speakers, at the March 31 Education Lecture.