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 was in collaboration with National Association of Ogba Students (NAOS).
Explaining the essence of the one-day capacity building and digital literacy training, Coordinator of AIAST, Kemkanma Okechuku Otiti, noted that 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,” he said.
“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.”
Earlier, NAOS President, Comrade Prince Chukwumela Uge, expressed joy that AIAST chose to hold the workshop in Ogbaland, urging the participants to make the best use of the opportunity provided by the programme.
He noted that the event was the first of its kind in Omoku, emphasizing that it would be very beneficial to young people who were opportune to participate in it.
Highlights of the event were presentation of lectures and inter-secondary school debate competition.
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, spoke on “Arts, Creativity and the Power of Pen in Human Life.”
The event also featured presentation of gift items including branded writing pad, pens and books to the participants.
The audience were also thrilled by dance performance from a youth group in Omoku.