RC Umuahia North engages students in skill acquisition to enhance brighter future
No fewer than 100 students of Ibeku High School in Umuahia, Abia State have benefited from a one–day skill acquisition programme put together by Rotary Club of Umuahia North, District 9142.
The training programme held Friday in the School hall for the Junior Secondary school students is part of the Economic and Community Development areas of focus of Rotary.
The students were trained in liquid soap, jik (bleach) and perfume production.
Speaking during the event, the Synergizer President of the Club, Rtn. Geraldine Onuorah said the training was geared towards encouraging the students to be self reliant.
She believed that knowledge gained by the students would be transmitted to their various families/households, and which will in turn help their parents, as current economic realities showed paid employment can not sustain households demands.
She disclosed that Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, adding, “We are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.
“Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and also provide training and access to well-paying jobs”.
Rtn. Onuorah appreciated the School management for providing the enabling environment for the programme to strive.
Lending his voice, the Vice President of the Club, Rtn Michael Ibegbulam who also disclosed the intention of the Club to form an Interact Club in the School, said “Rotarians make amazing things happen, like breaking the cycle of poverty, skills development and business training”.
Training the students, the resource person, Mrs Obiageri Nnabuike, a nurse by profession, described bleach, perfume and soap making as a business with cool profit a student can engage in after graduating from higher institutions instead of seeking for white collar job or sitting at home doing nothing.
“This skills acquisition training programme in no small way will take the benefitting students out of the streets as they will be able to set their own business after graduation”, Nnabuike expressed optimism.
Mrs Erinma Dike, Principal, Ibeku High School Junior Secondary in her speech, described the programme as laudable.
She observed that skill acquisition is one of the important pillars that helps most students in actualizing their dreams and also aid those that are not privileged to work with public or private organizations with academic certificates have source of livelihood.
Speaking in appreciation, some of the students who include: Master Ogidi Abraham, JSS3; Miss Deborah Chinasa Okafor a JSS class student also, thanked the Club for the opportunity.