April 20, 2024

TWF, Pluralcode collaborate to empower another set of teens with tech skills

TWF, Pluralcode collaborate to empower another set of teens with tech skills

By Moses Nosike

A non-governmental and non-profit organisation, Teens World Foundation in collaboration with Pluralcode is ready to empower another set of teens and single teenage mothers with tech skills.

The empowerment programme which comes up on May 28, 2024, at UNILAG tends to empower these categories of young Nigerians with tech skills that will prepare them for job opportunities, advancement, and self-reliance, helping them to turn their economic potential into power.

In a media chat held in Lagos to announce the forthcoming training programme, the Founder, Teens World Foundation, Kossy Okonkwo said, “TWF is an NGO that supports, mentors, educates, and empowers teenagers and single teenage mothers. If you look around our world today and if we must tell ourselves the truth, between age 13 and 19, which we likely call adolescent age is one of the most difficult stages of our lives”.

Kossy said that at this stage teenagers or people face identity issues as they are coming out of childhood stage and have now been introduced to teenage-hold where they express a lot of individual changes both in their body, mind etc. “At this point, they begin to see what really is life, as they begin to face peer pressures because of so many things going on within them and in their environment. Sometimes, people around will see them as being stubborn”.

Kossy advised that at this point or stage, parents should not forget that these teenagers need love, they need someone to guide them and direct them. “We must be careful because this stage would determine if they will be useful or not in the future. Unfortunately, some parents don’t understand how to handle it”.

However, she said, “at this point, Teens World Foundation comes in to help give them guidance, shoulder and help them overcome those challenges. Knowing also the role of education in our modern world, we convinced them that school is not a scam and that is why we are coming from the angle of education, tech skill acquisition. We found this angle very important because you can give food, clothes to somebody, but when you empower her you have equipped her in life to succeed and it remains with her. That is the essence of education. So we want to empower, and equip teenagers with the skills they need to thrive.

In addition, Head of Operation, Pluralcode, Cyril Okereke, speaking on behalf of the CEO, Pluralcode, Nduka Ukpabi, said, “the company started in 2012 as a software company where we built software solutions for B2B, B2C, but the academy came in light in 2021, where we noticed a knowledge gap between us and the Western world.

According to him, this collaboration with Teens World Foundation is a huge opportunity to reposition teenagers with tech skill training. This is an initiative in the right direction. “It will help us to penetrate into the younger generation and equip them for the workplace.”