By Emmanuel Elebeke
AS part of its way of giv ing back to the society,Â Samsung Real dreams project,Â a Pan African University , Lagos last week graduated its first batch of students. The programe which began in April sawÂ 46 young people exhibitingÂ their learnings at the school.
The Samsung Real Dreams forms part of Samsung Electronicsâ€™ corporate social responsibility commitment in the African region.
In partnership with International Youth Foundation (IYF), the programed aims to increase economic activity particularly by promoting job skills and preparing young people for successful, long-term careers.
President of Samsung Middle East and Africa, Kyungtae Bae said over 60per centÂ of Nigeria â€˜s population is under the age of 25; and unemployment for youth ages 15-24 is about 20 percent and it was in response to check this, that Samsung embarked upon the project.
â€œThrough the Samsung Real Dreams programed, we hope to empower Nigeria â€˜s young people and prepare them to compete for jobs, and fulfill their dreams and aspirations for a better future for themselves and their communities.â€ said Bae..
According to William S. Reese, IYF President and CEO, helping todayâ€™s youth get decent jobs is a critical step forward, not only in terms of improving their own prospects, but also positively impacting the social and economic development of their country.
At the School of Media and Communication, he said the programed is being implemented by offering young people a unique training package that contains a blend of practical media-specific skills (in print graphics, web design and video editing), life skills and a basic entrepreneurial knowledge base with the aim of contributing significantly towards improved employment prospects in the media industry for disadvantaged but talented youth. This, according to himÂ is carried out through classroom and practical training in creativity and innovative thinking, life skills, entrepreneurial training and acquisition of core proficiencies for the new media industries.
â€œAfter training in the classroom, the students gain some valuable industry experience through an internship period with choice companies. And for many of the students, this has been a life-changing experience.â€said Reese.
Expressing his joy,Â Kelechi Nwaorgu, an attendant at a Cyber-CafÃ© before the programed, said â€œI am so glad to have been a part of this programed; itâ€™s very obvious that my resumÃ© will not only be upgraded, but I have also improved in my life plan.â€
For young people like Kelechi, Reese saidÂ Â â€œ life has just taken a sharp turn â€“ for the better, adding that the Samsung Real Dreams program will enhance the job opportunities of 240 Nigerian youth, ages 23 to 32 to help address high unemployment rates among university and polytechnic graduates in the country. Working with the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC) in Lagos , the program is expected toÂ provide employability training and internships as well as career development and job placement services to young people from six regions of the country.