By Anino Aganbi
The International Women’s Skill Center recently celebrated the graduation ceremony of 112 students. Friends and families gathered to celebrate these women who successfully completed their programmes in Computer Literacy, Catering and Events Management, Hair dressing and Salon Services, Sewing and Fashion Design, Adult Literacy and Computer Literacy Departments.
Speaking at the event, Olori Sekinat Aramide Elegushi (Queen of Ikate land) states she was happy to have been a part of the 17th graduating ceremony.
“I am exceptionally pleased to be involved, even though it is a gradual process, but be rest assured that you have my support to foster development of human and material resources at the Centre.
In keeping my word and to encourage our wonderful students who have worked so hard to here today, I have donated a trophy to the best overall graduating student and best graduating students in some other categories.
I do hope the best graduating student is a girl as I can see some graduating boys, but those who know me would attest to the fact that I am a strong advocate for gender empowerment. No slight intended gentlemen. She discloses “Let me leave our graduates with a message to ponder on. You may have graduated today but you will never graduate from learning. You will go through many ups and downs but it is the skills you have acquired that will be the pillar you can always lean on. Congratulations and best of luck in your new path of possibilities.
Also speaking to Woman’s Own, Mrs Nkoli Ogbolu, Chairperson International Women Society (IWS) states “Working with this set of graduating students has been inspiring. We developed a 12-month extracurricular calendar to help resolve other areas of development especially in the areas of Mentoring and coaching, sports, entrepreneurship training and diplomatic visits. The students were very receptive to the dynamics of the new structure. IWS opted to run the Centre when they saw it fulfilling a need to keep the youth and women out of trouble.”
Conclusively, she states “The International Skills Center was aimed at helping professional women and wives of embassy officials do right with giving back to society through training of their staff with soft skills. The idea caught on and many school leavers use it as a stop-gap measure prior to receiving advanced tertiary education. For the past 17 years we have graduated over 1,200 students and counting.
We do follow-ups on our students through the IWS Skills Centre Alumni Association,(ISCAA). The association was inaugurated last year and has an EXCO with a strong President who incidentally teaches Adult Literacy in the School. We have a Whatsapp group of about 250 alumni and the rest are co-ordinated through the Principal’s office. It has been quite amazing. We also let 5 of them share their testimonies at the graduation.”
The International women society recently held its 17th Graduating Ceremony at the skills center, Lekki, Lagos. The International Women Society (IWS) formed the IWS skill center with the sole aim of providing skill acquisition to women who had need for skills acquisition.