By Emeka Nwokocha
Warri-based Nongovernmental Organisation, Development Initiative for Community Impact (DICI), on Tuesday 6 September, rounded off the 2022 Summer Fest Skills Acquisition Training for primary and secondary schools pupils and students in Warri and environs. The event took place at DICI head office, Warri, Delta State.
In an address to round off the 36 days long intensive training, which commenced on August 1, 2022, the Executive Director of DICI, Dr. Rachael Misan-Ruppee, who was ably represented by the Coordinator of the training, Ms Ayo Okotie, congratulated the beneficiaries (pupils, and students) for demonstrating zeal and commitment to learning vocational skills and sharpening their entrepreneurial skills to be able to cope with toughening economic situation of society.
Continuing, she said: “The summer fest training is an annual hands-on light skills acquisition scheme whose maiden session kicked off in 2018 with the aim of grooming primary and secondary schools pupils and students, and building their capacity in light skills so they will be able to stand out in society in future. And the scheme has been running uninterrupted since it started in 2018.”
Stating further, Dr. Misan-Ruppee said new skills – confectionery, making of Ankara and leather bags were introduced in the 2022 Summer Fest Training, including games – cheers and scrabble to spice the training, adding that other phases of the training included educating the children on the dangers of drug and substance abuse, peace education, public speaking and security education.
She remarked: “Having acquired these trainings, we look forward to the children becoming great ambassadors of DICI in the near future.”
Speaking, one of the trainers, Mrs. Victoria Ojarikre congratulated the children for enduring the 36 days long hands-on light skills acquisition training. She commended them for being creative and innovative, even as she advised them to put to practice what they have learned to be able to achieve great goals in future.
In the same vein, the trainer in confectionery and culinary, Mrs. Blessing Enlise thumbed up for the children for demonstrating enthusiasm in the course of the training. She encouraged them to put to practice the skills they have learned to make greater impact in the society.
Other trainers in soap and bleach production; and photography, Mrs. Temi Aguma, and Mr. Annointed Moses, praised the children for exhibiting capacity and zeal towards learning new skills and improving in knowledge, adding that they would make huge improvement as they practice what they have learned.
Speaking on behalf of the pupils and students, Chika Paul thanked the Executive Director of DICI, Dr. Rachael Misan-Ruppee for initiating the scheme, and also the trainers, saying that the training availed them a rare opportunity to learn vocational skills that are beneficial to them in the coming years. She described the training as an awesome experience to all that benefitted from it, even as she looked forward to more opportunities from the stable of DICI.
Speaking to journalists, a parent, Mrs. Gloria Elohor, commended DICI for sustaining the summer fest training, describing the initiative as a welcome development. “I thank DICI for doing a great service to humanity as these skills acquisition training will harness the endowment in the children and make them productive citizens in the near future. I will encourage my daughter to develop on what she has learned at the training so she will stand out in the society.”
The high point of the event was presentation of awards to the children. Some of the beneficiaries include Chika Paul, Awani Noyo, Oaikhena Osamudiamen, Ogunlana Oluwabunmi, Edeh Oluchi, Urunmatse Esthers.