Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) and The Rockefeller Foundation, will launch a new #DigitalJobs project at PIN’s new headquarters on October 2, 2014. The project, which is part of Rockefeller’s efforts to impact 1 million lives in 6 African countries, will involve a campaign to introduce the benefits of online jobs and training opportunity for youth who sign up through PIN.
PIN, the Rockefeller Foundation and other partners in Nigeria and other African countries have embarked on this new project to help tackle unemployment amongst young Nigerians. This will be achieved by introducing online job opportunities that will allow unemployed youth use their unique skills to meet the needs of those who require them, from all corners of the world. For this, they will be able to earn a decent income while also improving their lives and the socio-economic conditions of their families.
The #DigitalJobs campaign will encourage young people to combat the effect of unemployment with their existing skills by leveraging the opportunities presented by online work. Online work training opportunities and associated long term benefits, will encourage young Nigerians to develop relevant 21st century skills or sharpen existing skills that can increase their earning potential. “Every young Nigerian should be able to take full advantage of the new opportunities that online jobs provide” said Adebola Agbaje, PIN’s Program Manager for the project.
During the launch event, on the 2nd of October, from 4pm, PIN will provide first-hand information about the online work project, and online work opportunities, at the organisation’s new headquarters located in Yaba, Lagos. The launch event will be attended by project partners, digital jobs/online work experts, and potential online workers. “At the launch event, we will unveil the online destination that will connect young Nigerians with digital jobs, exciting monthly contests and training opportunities at the PIN HQ,” stated Mrs Tope Ogundipe, PIN’s Chief Operating Officer.
About Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) is a social enterprise that connects underserved Nigerian youth with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) opportunities; with specific concern about the ill effects of unemployment and cybercrime, among other vices that limit the potential contribution of young Nigerians to the nation’s economy. Having worked with government, civil society, private institutions and international organizations including the United Nations agencies, PIN has worked in ICT education, telecenter support, ICT applications in rural areas, etc. PIN’s projects include Ajegunle.org; Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (ISSPIN) and Techie.Entrepreneurial.Nigerian.Talented (TENT). PIN opened an ICT Policy Office in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja, in April 2013, to focus on Internet Freedom and other ICT Policy-related issues. Over the next year, PIN’s Ajegunle L.I.F.E. program will be extended to locations in North East and South East Nigeria.
About The Rockefeller Foundation
For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyse and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot – or will not. For more information, please visit www.rockefellerfoundation.org
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