The African Youth Corner is set to launch its tech bootcamp tagged “e-connect”. The bootcamp is aimed at children between the ages of 9 and 15 years who have no access to gain computer knowledge. As said by Jude Ogar, African Youth Corner Founder, “We have recognized the need for practical knowledge of basic computer applications and programming for young children in Africa and we are committed to providing this free training for as many children as possible.”
While his counterpart in some developed countries of the world learns coding and other advanced programming languages, an average African child has no knowledge of basic programming and even access to a real computer. The best most of them have is the image they have on the wall of their classroom or what they see in the television.
The project would begin in Calabar South, Cross River State, Nigeria and will spread to other communities in Africa.
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The problem with most African communities has not been lack of resources but the lack of effective leadership. African leaders have done very little in developing and mentoring other young people to become accountable and dependable leader.
To ensure a sustainable future for a developing world like Africa, young people have to be trained on how to be effective and credible leaders. This September, the African Youth Corner launches her flagship program, the Leadership Shuttle. The program aims at equipping young people with the necessary knowledge they need to lead themselves and community. The program would bring several young leaders in the various communities and engage participants in order to prepare them, sharpen their leadership skills and enhance their capacities and quality of service when they lead in society.
The environment is important for the survival of mankind; therefore mankind must ensure the survival of the environment. The environment has the ability to sustain itself but the action of man keeps posing constant and continual threat to the environment. The use of machines resulting in the release of excess carbon to the atmosphere, production processes that leaves many pollutants, and indiscriminate waste disposal contribute to the environmental degradation.
The African Youth Corner (AYC) collaborated with Standing for Environmental Restoration (SOFER) in carrying out an environmental sustainability project. The project which held in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, saw members of both organisations working hand-in-hand to collect waste from traders at a neighborhood market and educating the traders and locals on how to properly package and dispose their waste. Adopting the method of recycling, reducing and reusing, the team broke into smaller groups and went on to collect waste materials in the different categories. The climax of the exercise was when the team took control of a popular dump site in front of the Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH). The dump site which had been filled to the brim was a sanctuary for flies and other vectors. The teams scrubbed up, wearing gloves and nose mask and took the pains of properly packaging the waste in bags before the agency in charge of final disposal would come to take the waste away. Other highlight of the exercise included distribution of waste baskets to traders and shop owners in the area and further engaging the beneficiaries in discussions that were aimed at effecting behavioural changes.
As the founder of the African Youth Corner, Jude Ogar says: “It is our collective responsibility to ensure a cleaner, safer and sustainable environment.”
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