No fewer than 250 undergraduates, secondary school students and youths in Ogbaland benefited from a capacity building workshop organized by the African Initiative for Arts, Science and Technology (AIAST) in commemoration of International Literacy Day. The event, which held at Omoku Civic Centre, Omoku, Rivers State, Nigeria.
African Initiative for Arts, Science and Technology (AIAST), which is an affiliate of African Institute of Arts, Science and Technology (AIAST), Maryland, United States of America, is committed to educational development of Africa and Africans.
“This event is aimed at encouraging the youths and other stakeholders to cultivate interest in educational, artistic, scientific and technological development. We all know that education is key to development; we should also remember that literacy is a crucial part of education. We chose Omoku for this even because of its strategic contribution in the oil and gas production in Nigeria. It is high time we realized that we now live in a world that is no longer driven by oil but by knowledge and digital skills,” Coordinator of AIAST, Kemkanma Okechuku Otiti said.
An expert in Community Development, Dr. Inemesit Umofia of the Department of Adult and Non-Formal Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, spoke on “Literacy and Learning: Beyond Reading and Writing,” while a Senior Information Officer at the University of Port Harcourt, Humphrey Ogu, talked on “Arts, Creativity and the Power of Pen in Human Life.”
Secretary General, National Association of Nigerian Students, Zone B, Comrade Noble Nwokocha Obusoh spoke on “Literacy for Youth Development and Social Change,” while a User Interface Designer and Web Developer, Benjamin Ogurinka, gave a lecture entitled “Digital Literacy for Effective Learning and Social Media Marketing.”
The event also featured presentation of gift items including branded writing pad, pens and books.