Thirty Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs), camped at Area 1 of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), graduated from a skills acquisition programme as part of the Beyond Access Project at the FCT City Library and National Library of Nigeria Area 2, Abuja .
The Program was organized by Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) and with support from the International Research Exchange Board (IREX). Participants were trained in ICT and Business Development.
The President/CEO of YiSHDA, Mr Joseph Emmanuel Yaba commended the trainees for the successful training and urged them to be good ambassadors and to make judicious use of the skills they have acquired to train others as well. Joseph said in partnership with IREX, YiSHDA is happy to contribute its quota in this direction through skills acquisition training for displaced persons.
In her words the Head, FCT City Library, Abuja Hajiya Neemat Abdulrahim ‘’the displaced persons came into the Library depressed, but today they have acquired skills that will make them self-reliant’’. Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire people to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving their quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.
Beyond Access is an initiative of IREX, EIFL, IFLA, Makaia, Facilitating Change, Development Gateway, The Asia Foundation, READ Global, and with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Highlights of the event include presentation of certificate to all participants.