We opened the DakataLIFE Centre in Dakata, Kawaji, Kano State, in January 2016. The centre was established after a baseline study in North West Nigeria. Data from the baseline study indicated that Kano youth had poor access to computer ownership at 1%. This was as a result of the high cost of computers. Internet access rate was also low at less than 1%.
Dakata Community in Nassarawa Local Government Area, Kano State, was chosen as the host community for our L.I.F.E. Program in the Northwest. The training centre is situated at 547 Warshu Hospital Road, Dakata, Kawaji, Kano State. Even though the program is located in Dakata community, the centre has been able to provide training to youth from neighbouring communities.
From inception, the training centre has graduated eight classes, providing the L.I.F.E. training to 250 youth. Of the students trained in 2017: 10 got jobs, 15 started businesses, 8 are in apprenticeships to learn a trade and 5 got admission into tertiary institutions to further their studies.
These statistics represent a significant impact on the livelihood of the youth in the community. DakataLIFE alumni have also gone ahead to serve as ambassadors of the program and volunteer facilitators for the training. Their stories inspire more young people in the community to join the program thereby increasing its reach and impact.
The DakataLIFE centre was also able to expand its training into 5 Secondary Schools in Kano through the LIFE at School Club Program, an innovative approach that sees students in Secondary Schools trained in the LIFE curriculum by DakataLIFE alumni.