Lucubrate Magazine, Issue 35, August 3rd, 2018

Training in the US has inspired the participants to concentrate more on advocacy for building young leaders from low-income families and communities to advocate for quality education, health and better living condition for teens and young adults with a poor family background.

A Model for Development of Sustainable Livelihood

The knowledge gained during the International Visitors Leadership Program is very significant to the growth and development of Nigeria, if well put to practice by using some of the best practices as a model for development for sustainable livelihood in the Niger Delta Region in particular and the Nigerian society at large.


 

Nigeria is an African country on the Gulf of Guinea. The capital city is Abuja. The population is 196,000,000 (2018 – Worldometers)

 


 

Five participants from Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, and the Delta States were trained in the United States of America from June 18th, and all participants returned to Nigeria on the 7th of July 2018. The expense was taken care of by the United States Department of State including local and international flight tickets, accommodation, and feeding through Cultural Vistas.

Photo: IGBERADJA SERUMU

The program took place in the States; Washington DC, Maryland, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Orleans-Louisiana, Biloxi/Jackson-Mississippi. The training was centered on the American system of government with special reference to States and Federal laws, as well as the various Tribal government.

The Steps Ahead

At the end of the program Niger Delta participants were able to understand:

  • how the American communities have partnered with State and Federal government, civil society organizations, and oil and gas exploration companies to develop effective, non-violent ways to foster development and improve the livelihood of members of their communities.
  • concrete examples of community-based platforms that have addressed local priorities in a constructive and sustainable fashion.
  • how to establish their own platforms, and to implement negotiation strategies to enlist the help of State and Federal government, civil society organizations, and oil exploration companies to achieve this aim.

 

Also, the roles of civil society organizations in the development of the American communities, other areas of focus include the practical steps in:

  • conflict resolution using non-violence approaches
  • preservation of cultural history and heritage through the establishment of national parks, research centers, and museums
  • revitalization and preservation of natural resources such as rivers, trees, and wildlife in their environment for decades
  • strategies for addressing issues of environmental pollution as a result of oil exploration activities
  • improving the lives of low-income individuals and families through community engagement and volunteering services
  • provision of vocational education for sustainable future and the engagement of teens and young adults with knowledge-based events to help reduce their involvement in crime-related activities such as drug abuse, gang killings, runaway, prostitution, illicit use of the substance, and human trafficking.

Photo: IGBERADJA SERUMU

The Poor Child Deserves Quality Education

On this note, this training has inspired the participants to concentrate more on advocacy for building young leaders from low-income families and communities to advocate for quality education, health and better living condition for teens and young adults with a poor family background. In no distance time, we will start a project tagged ‘The Poor Child Deserves Quality Education and Better Living Condition’ which will target teens and young adults from low-income families that will be giving educational support, vocational training, housing support, and leadership training that will prepare them for sustainable livelihood, as well as leadership in the near future.

 

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Lucubrate Magazine, Issue 35, August 3rd, 2018

Categories: EducationMagazineNewsTVETWorld

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Serumu Igberadja
Serumu Igberadja

 BY IGBERADJA SERUMU B.Sc (Ed) Technical Education, M.Sc Industrial Technology Delta State Civil Society Volunteers, Delta State Nigeria Email: zerumuhjack@yahoo.co.uk Phone: +2347034623644

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