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US Embassy Builds Capacity for Benue Schools, Youths

By John Shiaondo, Makurdi

The Mandela-Washington Fellowship Alumni of the Embassy of United States of America has launched an exchange entrepreneurial programme for selected schools and youths in Benue State, to enable them become more enterprising.

The idea of the programme, which propagates the 4-H fundamentals for Head, Heart, Hands and Health is aimed at global youths development by connecting youths and adults through skill building and leadership experiences.

Speaking during the take-off exercise at Crystal Land Schools in Makurdi, one of the pilot institutions of the programme, the 4-H youth development expert, Dustin Homan of the Ohio State University, stressed the need for participants to develop interest in increasing agricultural productivity.

Homan said that making connection between school curriculum and real world application has become necessary for primary and secondary education as well as youth to ‘learn by doing’ projects that help them acquires skills for self-reliance.

“Apart from being an exchange entrepreneurial programme to enable beneficiaries become more enterprising, the initiative would help young people as well as kids to transform into an economic force.

“This is achieved by using the head to think clearer, the heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service and health to better living for the society, country and world at large. “The beneficiaries of the scheme are also provided with opportunities for life skill development and to lead as well,” Homan noted.

Also speaking, Bella Ndubisi noted that the idea when fully developed in the state through its different networking platform identified by the participants would facilitate development beneficial for the country.

Ndubisi also said that the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi is one of the exchange programme centre.

In her remark, the proprietress of Crystal Land Schools, Adejoke Olamide Adoyi, expressed satisfaction with the interaction between the visitors, pupils and staff members of her school, adding that she keyed into the programme to enable her school improve on leadership and life long skills acquisition for self-reliance.

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