With the National Bureau of Statistics revealing that over 15million Nigeria youth are unemployed; it becomes imperative to equip these young people with problem solving and digital skills, and this is what MindtheGap is committed to achieve. As MindtheGap kick-starts another round of Google Digital Skills for Africa (DSA) training, the Trainers Summit was organized to discuss plans and review strategy for 2018.
This year, the MindtheGap Trainers Summit which was held on 29th and 30th of January 2018, gathered trainers from all over the country. All the six geopolitical zones: South West, South East, South South, North West, North East and North Central were ably represented by Super Amazing Trainers. Participants were taken through a Training of Trainers (TOT) session and required to participate in breakout sessions and other strategic activities.
Day one of the program started in the morning with a warm welcome address by Adeniyi Oluokun. All participants were then required to introduce themselves and soon enough, Tayo Olosunde (Executive Director: MindtheGap) arrested the microphone. As usual, the entire hall was electrified as he inspired everyone and shared the 2018 vision for Google DSA Training. This was followed by an eye-opening lecture on harnessing opportunities in the digital world by Femi Banigbe. He further talked about Nigeria as an emerging digital market giant and shared other great insights.
In addition, there was a breakout session. Trainers were divided into groups to discuss the challenges they encountered last year and share ideas about how the 2018 plans can be achieved. After this, selected group members were required to give feedback before the question and answer segment. Another interesting part of the program was the food session. Permit me to mention that our trainers were not only loaded with knowledge but also loaded with a sumptuous three course meal on different intervals. Day one however ended with networking as trainers were given enough time to prepare for the second day.
For the day two, the session started with a review of the digital 101 training presentation. Although the session was facilitated by Kayode Ajomole, all trainers shared ideas on ways to effectively communicate with target audience. According to Tayo Olosunde, 2018 is a time to really help individuals and businesses to get online. He specifically noted that “being online is beyond having a presence; it is when one’s online content occupies enough space in the minds of its target audience”
An interesting rapid prototyping session followed, as trainers were broken into groups based on their zones and required to come up with pictorial representation of the solutions they had come up with. Finally, a representative of Digital Republic gave a lecture on content marketing.
And Yes! It is said that work and no play makes jack a dull boy. Well, MindtheGap trainers are definitely not dull. The two-day Trainers summit was wrapped up with a fun time at the beach on the 31st of January 2018. Even as trainers returned to their location, many of them shared tweet testimonies of the awesome event. In fact, a handful of them recalled the new buzz word of the program: “Digital Immunization”. Well, I guess you might be wondering what it is all about. All you need to know is that MindtheGap trainers are set to digitally immunize our communities this year.
What more can be said but to appreciate all the change makers in our network who have shown great zeal to create positive impact in their different communities. So we say a very big thank you to the super amazing MindtheGap trainers. And extend our appreciation to Google for their efforts in ensuring that African youth are digitally savy via the DSA Program.