As the world gradually move from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), access to information must be a priority for all. In the 21st century, information is a powerful development tool that support communities in a variety of ways and the libraries have a history as trusted community based sources for addressing people’s information need. It has also become a powerful partner to help deliver service that meets personal and economic development.
Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) in partnership with Beyond Access a program of International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a FREE Capacity Building Training for Library Users in Abuja and Kaduna.
The program is aimed at improving the quality of life of people with the necessary skills needed to help themselves especially in the areas of Business and Enterprise Creation, Human Capital Development, ICT for Development and Education. The participating libraries are FCT Education Resource Center (FCT City Library, Wuse, Zone 4), National Library, Abuja and the Kaduna Branch of the National Library of Nigeria, Bida Road.
YiSHDA took into account the range of problems faced by young people in the community and outline appropriate programs to empower them by building their capacity in three (3) thematic areas which are ICT4Development, Business/Enterprise and Career/Employability Skills. Teaching people how to be competent basic users of ICT is very important to helping young people be successful in their academic and work careers, and so they can efficiently participate in modern technical society. We have through the Beyond Access Program impacted a total of 950 young people in Abuja and Kaduna. The Beyond Access Program commenced in March 2015 and will last till February 2016.