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Here are some opportunities you may be interested in:

Looking to be a Virtual Assistant? Resourcedat Nigeria is hiring Resource Trainees who can work from anywhere doing online research work. Contact them for more information.

Superheads International Limited (a people services company specializing in recruitment and selection, and immigration services) and Wizer Resource + Advisory Limited (a professional services company, specializing in financial advisory, training and outsourcing services) are organizing a series of free 4-day Microsoft Office courses in 2014. Read more here.

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#JJCseries: Top things you weren’t taught 1

Hello!!!

In this first blog in our #JJCseries, I present life-changing statements the way you never heard them before. So what are those things I believe you probably were not told till now?

 

Find out

This has always been a proud and most insulting response to give somebody who needed to know something. Somehow, when we started adopting the tradition of telling people to ask questions, we did not really bring ourselves to the understanding that no one person can be an encyclopaedia of knowledge.

‘Finding out’ means searching out information accurately. It is getting curious, asking questions and then exploring different sources till you meet the bliss of accurate information. Somebody came to Lagos for the first time and needed some direction to where I was. It took terribly long before we finally met. When I tried to get the details of her ordeal, she became a little upset with me. I could not understand why she would depend entirely on the direction given by one person. Is this only applicable to the location challenge? No, unfortunately. It is exactly the same orientation people apply to everyday life but we can explain with the finding-a-location dilemma.

If you have to go to a place you don’t know, then you need to FIND OUT how to. How? Search the internet for the address and in the search results; look for landmarks (like a popular hangout in the area) or a forum discussion. Search for tools that are good for location guidance. You would probably find Google Maps. Use the map to locate the area. Ask different people till you find at least three people pointing you toward the same route.

 

Volunteer

We have a major problem on our hands when people only think of this word as a noun and not a verb. This wasn’t really an issue until we were aroused to it. Let me tell you how. At least 80% 90% of the people who contact us think we are Volunteers in Nigeria not Volunteer in Nigeria. We put up ‘Volunteer in Nigeria’ on all our profiles but for some reason not far-fetched from our noun-verb explanation, they probably think it is an error. So we can bet that many people, if they get to think about it at all, think of ‘volunteer’ as a person who cannot make a wage not really as a superb channelling of effort. Volunteer in Nigeria was founded to introduce youths to contribution-oriented living (via exposure to volunteering and development work) and then ensure that those who buy the idea get the very best engagement opportunities.

 

What’s the point here? There is probably a dangerously selfish thinking behind getting quality education/a job/a life. By the time we are in secondary school and can afford to push further or not, we are wired to think about bagging a good job and helping our families stay above the poverty line afterwards. This may be good thinking but it may also be somewhat short-sighted. Away from your family and small circle of friends are 6 billion people who your career may be beneficial to. Learn the theories and take home the practical. Have you ever wanted to solve a pressing problem and a free search on the freely available internet helped you find a free course or a how-to blog/video or app or website? Me too! Guess what? People like you put those things there. How can you CONTRIBUTE to making the world a better place for others?

 

Make money

Shout out to Kayobi clothing, the maker of the fine ‘Make Fufu not War’ shirts.

Kayobi

What’s the take home here? Very early in life we learn that peace must be disrupted once in a while. We spend good time recalling and recounting the faults of other people. However, to make smart use of time, our most valuable resource; we must put these things away as quickly as possible. If you have been in the world for some time, you would have found that virtually all the issues that take a huge bite of our time can be solved when we have the right attitude and err…enough money. Yes-money! We worry very much about how to find the better job/deal but do not think often about how to increase our money via legitimate and intelligent investing. To grow your money, there are indeed very many options. You need to FIND OUT.

 

What are your thoughts? Tell us those things you wish you were told much earlier in life via comments!

To submit a blog post, kindly find out details here.

 

THE EXPERIENCE

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Hi!

My name is Gethrude Charles. Recently, I learnt about the opening to participate as a volunteer in the World Wide Web Foundation’s Alliance For Affordable Internet (A4AI) forum at Abuja through Volunteer in Nigeria’s blog. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to have a better perspective of the ICT industry in Nigeria and to network so I registered my interest on the page. When I was contacted by Volunteer in Nigeria that I have been selected along with Shadrach to participate, I waited for Tuesday-11th March-with great anticipation. I have always been interested and have been actively involved in ICT, how it can be improved in Nigeria, its use in our daily lives and how it can be used to boost productivity in different aspects of our lives.
Although Shadrach and I were there as volunteers and our responsibilities were the basics like registering the participants, the friendliness of the organisers from Web Foundation-Miss Emilie Yam and Miss Sonia-made our presence very comfortable as we were treated with respect and were given full access to the entirety of the event.
Participating in the A4AI gave me the opportunity to network and interact with professionals in the sector, many of whom I am still in contact with. The event which was graced with the honorable presence of the Minister of Communications Technology Ms. Omobola Johnson, Mrs Esther Agbarakwe of Devnovate, Ms. Blossom Nnodim- a social media enthusiast, Dr Eugene Juwah-Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Mr Abdullahi Maikano-secretary USPF and so many others was experiential and inspiring. It was amazing to see so many women speak with such authority and audacity that is infectiously inspiring. It brought hope to my spirit as to whether the Nigerian youth can take his place in the society and lead and as to whether the Nigerian females could dare dream to be leaders in their careers without fear.
In a particular segment of the event, participants were subdivided to groups each with a different topic and problem to discuss and resolve, this gave me insight into the vision of ICT in Nigeria and Nigerians as problems faced by the common man in relation to access to good affordable and quality internet were highlighted and possible solutions discussed.
Altogether, the event was enlightening and inspiring to say the least, from its very beginning to the closing statement and I am glad I was given the opportunity to be a part of it.

Apply to the VSO-ICS volunteering programme

Charlotte & I on our way from school

Charlotte & I on our way from school

Of the 365 days allocated to me this year, I spent 85 in Oke-Ero Local Government in Kwara State as a volunteer with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) on the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

I spent the night of Christmas Eve discussing the evils of the society with my grandmother. In particular, we discussed a friend of my dad who had recently been murdered on account of money (the story is definitely more complicated). Money and the desire for it pushes people to carry out such despicable acts. However, in the face of all these, we have people who while they desire to make money and be prosperous, have not allowed themselves become slaves to it. They are people who volunteer for little or no money at all.

This post is supposed to be about my experience as a VSO volunteer but please before I continue allow me to celebrate my ICS colleagues and more importantly every other volunteer out there. The world is a better place because of your efforts. Twale!

I’ve always known about VSO but if not for the Volunteer in Nigeria post about the ICS programme, I may have missed this opportunity. VSO-ICS Youth Volunteering Programme is a youth-centred community development programme, conducted in partnership between International Citizen Service (ICS), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and their implementing partners. The three-month programme brings together young people (aged 18-25) from the UK and Nigeria. Each team will typically consist of 20 young people, with equal numbers coming from the UK and the host country. In carefully selected communities, volunteers work in placements fully supported by their implementing partner organisations and two full time VSO/ICS programme supervisors. Together, in cross-cultural counterpart pairs, volunteers live with host families and work in the host communities. The type of work varies depending upon the needs of the community, but can include service delivery, advocacy work, and peer-to-peer education programmes.

I sent my application, was invited for an interview and subsequently selected to be on that cycle of the ICS programme. We went through intensive training. In fact, at some point it became quite ‘belabourous’ for me- but it was needed to get everyone to understand and be able to function properly. The training involved understanding the organisations we would be working with, the work we would be doing and more.

There were 2 teams, one was assigned to Lafia in Nassarrawa State and the other (mine) to Oke-Ero in Kwara State. My team was to work on improving the standard of education in schools that had been identified by the partner organisation (Olive Community Development Initiative) as places that really needed help. A pair of volunteers were assigned to each school.

There was no one-size-fits-all formula we had been given to use for the schools. We had to visit the schools and work out a custom made solution for the problems of the school. My school was a Nomadic School. My partner and I worked out a plan that would help the school, students, teachers, parents and the community.

A typical week would consist of training illiterate parents on ways by which they could help improve their child’s level of education, training teachers on ICT and different teaching methods, speaking with some parents in the Fulani settlement to send their kids to school, one-on-one sessions with the kids who were doing poorly in schoolwork and extra-curricular activities for the kids such as games, experiments, clubs etc.

At some point I began to feel I was not doing enough to help improve the standard of education in that school but at the end of the programme I saw a marked difference and improvement in ALL of the kids and that was such a high for me. Kids who didn’t even know all the letters of the alphabet had as a result of our work moved to the stage where they knew 2/3 letter words, their confidence had greatly improved, the teachers had adopted one of the methods of teaching we showed them and generally the kids became happier kids.

Asides work in my school, the whole team carried out joint projects like renovating a school, building a makeshift bridge, sports day, HIV/AIDS awareness campaign& testing, and breast & cervical cancer awareness talks. Other pairs assigned to other placements (10 in all) recorded success stories in many areas too.

I faced some challenges which were downright frustrating then but with all I was able to achieve, they are all negligible now. The main challenge was that of being a victim of ‘racism’ in my own country. My team was made up of 10 Nigerian and 10 UK volunteers. Being treated by my own people as a lesser human being than the white person was infuriating and a big turn off.

After it’s all been said and done, if I had a chance do this again I would do it maybe with a few modifications though. I did not just add to some people’s lives, I have become a better person as well. 85 days living in a village was definitely one of the highlights and high points of my year.

To apply for the next cycle of the ICS programme, download the form here. Completed forms should be submitted to the VSO-ICS Team at No 14B Banjul street, off Monrovia street, Wuse 2, Abuja OR by email to kingsley.udo@vsoint.org. Deadline is January 2, 2014 (4:30pm).

Simi Olusola

 

Admin’s note___

Have you experienced racism in your own country from your own people? What was it really like? The #JusticeForAlice  story has prompted us to ask these questions. Please leave comments.

 

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A thrill of hope

The weary heart rejoices

For yonder brings

A new and cloudless morn

Fall on your knees

Oh ye with angel’s voices

Oh night divine

When Christ was born

And as many as received Him to them He gave power to become the sons of God. John 1:12

Merry Christmas!!!

Heard about Meeting Point Abuja?

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THE MEETING POINT is a purely interactive meeting aimed at bridging the information gap by bringing together Luminaries (those who have been there, done that, and succeeded) and Visionaries (Youth aspiring to make a change) all in one location to run through different cities in Nigeria.

The 3- session interactive forum would feature discussions which would be centred around but not limited to:
• Career Advancement: Office Politics, Promotion and Career change – The way forward
• Business Advancement: The Nigerian environment, loan and Business growth
• Political Advancement: Policy/polity, how do I get involved?

DATE: Saturday 7th December 2013.
VENUE: Merit House, 22 J. T. Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, FCT Abuja
TIME: 9am

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PM HUB TRAINING FOR UNDERGRADUATES ON STRIKE

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Here is another Project Management training for Undergraduate on strike.

Now the form is online.

Last time we trained 32 undergraduates in our Project Management education for young professionals. It was sponsored by MRA/IOFC

Now, we are for another 40 undergraduates in Lagos Nigeria.

This training is mainly sponsored by Eti Osa Local Government of Lagos state.

Please fill the form here

Only selected candidates will be communicated as regards the time, venue and date.

For more information, call 08063576947

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Not an undergraduate? Well……you could try.

This training holds at Lagos but we are sure such things happen in some other states. We look out for cheap/free trainings to improve the skill set of our community of volunteers.  Tell us!

 

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Mercy Corps is recruiting Enumerators for Mapping of Marginalised Girls

Mercy Corps is the lead implementing partner for the Empowering Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) program to reduce financial and education barriers for marginalized Nigerian adolescent girls ages 16 to 19.

ENGINE will increase girls’ access to
(1) financial education and leadership/transferable skills;
(2) peer-to-peer networks and mentors; and
(3) direct assets (materials and savings).

ENGINE will integrate adolescent girls into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities. ENGINE will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities.

ENGINE will be implemented in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos, and Kano and Kaduna States.

Project Title:  Enumerators for Mapping of Marginalised Girls

Project Location(s) :  Kano, Kaduna, FCT, Lagos

Timeframe:  25th November – 4th December, 2013

Purpose / Project Description
Mercy Corps will be carrying out a mapping of marginalised girls across the four states, to identify which girls meet the marginalisation criteria for the program. Enumerators are needed to gather this data in partnership with the local implementation partners for ENGINE in each state.

Qualifications

  • Enumerators must currently reside in either Kano, Kaduna, FCT or Lagos, and should additionally reside within the specific LGAs mentioned below or have specific knowledge of the LGAs:
    • Kano – Kumbotso, Tarauni, Dala, Ungogo, Fagge
    • Kaduna – Zaria, Sabon Gari, Chikun, Kudan, Makarfi, Kaura
    • FCT – Kwali, Kuje, Abuja
    • Lagos – Kosofe, Somolu/Bariga, Epe, Ojo, Alimosho, Ibeju-Lekki
  • Enumerators should have a relevant undergraduate degree (or be currently completing a degree)
  • Enumerators should have experience in data collection and community sensitization.

Application Closing Date
2oth November,2013

Method of Application 
Candidates should submit your CV and cover letter addressing the key criteria above to :
Michelle Lokot, Acting Program Manager: mlokot@ng.mercycorps.org – stating in the subject line ‘Kano’, ‘Kaduna’, ‘FCT’ or ‘Lagos’ based on the state you are applying for.

Source: hotnigerianjobs.com

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