Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Unskilled to Skilled (U2S)
Explain your idea in details:
Project Objective To further reduce the unemployment rate amongst youth in Nigeria from the current baseline of 23.1% to 15.5% during the course of this project. We believe that one way in which we can effectively deal with the issues of poverty and unemployment especially amongst youth (18 years-30 years) is by applying a U2S model. The unskilled part of the U2S model is targeted towards every unskilled and unemployed youth in Nigeria. We will be training them on various vocational skills like tailoring, baking, bag and shoe-making etc. At the end of the training program, the committed and passionate ones will be moved up to the next level which is the skilled part. They will at this point be paired with various Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), whom will be registered with us for an internship which will normally not last for more than 3 months. It is only when they are certified by these SMEs that we can now issue them with a certificate, which will now attest to their knowledge in that particular field or business. After this, those that will be issued with this certificate will either be given a small start-up grant or with the agreement and approval of the SME start working with them.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
To skill up 500 unskilled youth in Nigeria by the end of 2019. To pair up 250 unemployed youth in Nigeria with already existing SMEs by the end of 2019. To offer small start-up capitals to 250 unemployed youth in Nigeria by the end of 2019. To increase the business and entrepreneurial skills of 50 SMEs here in Nigeria by the end of 2019. Project Evaluation Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) will form a key part of this project. In this project, we will be making regular visits to our beneficiaries, at least twice every month to assess the impact of this project on them. After this, monthly reports will be made in a bid to evaluating the project for improvement. As for the evaluation of this project, we will design questionnaires and distribute to our beneficiaries and also conduct series of interviews with them every month. All this will be done in order to assess their level of satisfaction with this project and also in order to assess the program and the performance of each of our activities. Once results have been collected and analyzed. It will be important to share the outcomes with as wide an audience as possible. Workshops and local meetings will be particularly appropriate for this.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The long-term vision of this project has to do with its sustainability, so that it does not die. We strongly believe that the sustainability of any project always lies in its adequate funding and in the community taking ownership of that project. The community in this regard has to do with the Nigerian Government at all level i.e. Federal, State and Local. We strongly believe that for this project to be sustainable Nigerian Government at all levels (Federal, State and Local) has to take ownership of it and run it in the long-term. It is therefore important, to involve strategic ministries and agencies here in Nigeria i.e. Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Poverty Reduction and the Bank of Industry etc in the planning and designing of the various programs under this project. Also, we will involve them in the implementation and the monitoring and evaluation of this project. We will strive to achieve this throughout the course of this project. As for the continuous funding of this project, our beneficiaries are expected to pay a token of less than 16 dollars in a year to access all the services we have to offer them. Also, we will draw from our already existing goodwill and relationship with some notable organizations both in Nigeria and outside Nigeria like The Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP), Paul Hodge Trust (UK), RockFlower Fund (US), Feed the Mind (UK), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Australian Embassy here in Nigeria and also not forgetting some crowd funding platforms like Impact Glocal etc that are also committed to reducing the rate of youth unemployment and poverty in the global south.
My name is Barrister Ugwu Somtochukwu Nnamdi am a lawyer by profession and also a passionate girl child advocate here in Nigeria. I come from Enugu State, a State in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. I am currently 26 years old. I come from a country where a new report by the World poverty clock shows that Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the World. Also, where the National Bureau of Statistic (NBS), has stated that the unemployment rate has risen to 23.1%. I have clearly seen firsthand what poverty and unemployment does to people. I have seen poor families who go to bed hungry in Nigeria, simply because they had no money. I have also seen various youth engaged in one form of crime or the other simply because there are no jobs. Indeed I have seen it all, it is because of my passion and drive to solve these foregoing problems that I was nominated to serve as the Gender Head at Society for the Improvement of Rural People (SIRP), which is a Non-Governmental-Organization based in Enugu State, Nigeria. SIRP aims to support various vulnerable people in the various rural areas of Nigeria, through poverty alleviation and rights advocacy. I was also nominated to serve as the co-founder of CubosWorld. CubosWorld is an e-commerce business based here in Nigeria which believes that the most effective way to solve issues of unemployment in Nigeria is by investing in SMEs. Finally, am also the youth coordinator of Men Engage Nigeria a network of organizations that is committed to promoting gender equality and women empowerment. Indeed am so passionate about addressing various challenges affecting youth and women not just in Nigeria but all around the World. My mantra is 1 Youth 1 Skill.