It is unarguably true that relevant skills amongst others should be sort for and cultivated by youths in order to ensure success in life and relevance in the workforce. However, we believe that the best season to begin grooming these skills is at an early stage of life.
And so, in like with The Innovative child Network;’s mission of ensuring skill-based learning opportunity #ForEveryChild, we went on our first skills development training to one of the public primary schools in Uyo – St. Andrews Primary School. The children whose ages were between 6 to 12 years, were introduced to different areas of our training focus. Take a look at the different areas they were trained on;
The children learnt about the scratch platform, the basics of coding with scratch, as well as getting to build projects with it.Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and online community targeted primarily at children. Users of the site can create online projects using a block-like interface. Scratch is taught and used in after-school centers, schools, and colleges, as well as other public knowledge institutions.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and share your creations with others in the online community.
computer programming is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
2. Public Speaking/Writing:
Being able to write correct tenses and speak confidently in public is what every child should be taught how to do from a relatively young age. This skill has it advantages from allowing us to form meaningful connections, to influencing decisions and motivate change. Without communication skills, the ability to progress in the working world and in life, itself, would be nearly impossible. – Wikipedia
And so, the kids learnt the rudiment of writing good tenses, spellings and self expression.
During a period of 4 weeks, the boys who indicated an interest in photography were trained by one of our mentors who is a professional photographer – Victor Patrick. They learned how to capture beautiful moments through the lens. Not just knowing how to take beautiful pictures, they as well learned the different technical parts of the camera
4. Sign Language:
We believe that every child deserves equal asses to a quality, equitable and inclusive education, but what happens when the child isn’t learning because of some sort of disabilities?
On our first visit, we had a child whose speaking and hearing abilities have been impaired and we understood that he had to attend the normal school like others because the financial strength isn’t there to have him attend a special school. And worst of all, he doesn’t understand sign language.
In our first class, he was excited to join everyone else. Howbeit, he came pretty late because he was out playing football and no one could communicate to him that the class had started. After the break, he ran breathlessly to join the rest in the class.
The excitement on his face could be seen and not too long he was trying to follow along with what was going on, but unfortunately, no matter how hard he tried, he was still lost but yet still wanted to force himself to write even when he could hear nothing.
We called him out for a special class on sign language, facilitated by one of our mentors – Eno Frank who is a sign language tutor herself. He can now understand basic sign language and could gesture productively with friends.
The training saw to the successful graduation of 54 pupils who after 4 weeks of intense learning of skills they certainly did have knowledge of, was left impacted and one step knowledgable.
You may ask what is the next plan, the mentors responsible for the kids will do a regular check on them and every quarter, we will organize a competition such as spelling Bee, Scratch competition to bring them together to test what they have known.
We believe every child deserves to be skilled.
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