" ITREALMS: PIN to host 2nd Ajegunle.org town hall meeting

Monday, February 21, 2011

PIN to host 2nd Ajegunle.org town hall meeting

Programme Manager, Ajegunle.org, Mr. Ugo Nwosu has confirmed that would the group’s second town hall meeting would hold this week’s Wednesday, February 23, in Lagos.

Ajegunle.org is a project of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social entreprise for the empowerment of Nigerian youths.

Nwosu also said the meeting would provide an opportunity to update partners, the community, volunteers and alumni on the journey so far and future plans.

“Participants would get first-hand details of experiences from the project graduates, students, family members and internship host organizations, and we will discuss elements of how this project successfully trained 138 young people – who have in turn trained over 306 peers. We will also honour outstanding graduates, and our partners as well as volunteers,” he said.

Nwosu explained that Ajegunle.org has received tremendous media coverage and has been presented in various fora locally and across the world as a Case Study on how Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) could be used to aid development in underserved communities.

He revealed that this year’s town hall meeting would be chaired by Prof. Pat Utomi, chairman of PIN’s board, adding that guests would include family and friends of graduates, and PIN’s partner organisations including Afrinvest WA, DHL, London Metropolitan University, Microsoft Nigeria, Lornamead Africa, First City Monument Bank, Teledom International, among others.

Also speaking PIN’s Executive Director, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, said that meeting PIN will be presenting the model of its community-focused innovation centre which will provide facilities for training additional students, incubation space for project graduates and serve as a major hub for community development.

“Having worked with government, civil society, private institutions and international organizations including the United Nations, PIN has set standards in ICT education, telecenter support, ICT applications in rural areas, and other ICT interventions in Nigeria. PIN’s projects include Ajegunle.org; Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria and TENT,” he said.

PIN is a social enterprise that connects underserved Nigerian youth with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) opportunities; with specific concern about the ill effects of unemployment and cybercrime among other vices that limit the potential contribution of young Nigerians to the nation’s economy.

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