Capacity Building, COVID-19

CITAD Trains 100 Youth on COVID-19 Protocols

In its efforts to help in curtailing the spread of the deadly coronavirus in Nigeria, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) with support from the MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the International Institute of Education (IEE) trained 100 Youth in Kano state.

The Training which was tagged Youth Leadership Training on Covi19 was conducted online via the Zoom Platform from the 17th of July to the 28th of July 2020.

In a statement by communications officer, CITAD, Ali Sabo said the training was done to enhance the understanding of the participants on COVID-19 and how it can be curtailed and to provide tools with which participants will support community efforts to prevent the spread of the virus

Ali Sabo added that the training has also enabled the youth to provide leadership in the situation of emergency in their respective communities.

. During the training, the emphasis was made on the area of behavior change which will help in changing the negative perspective many people have on the virus.

During the first session Dr. Khalid Garba Muhammad of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Bayero University, Kano took the participants on the following Topic,  Understanding COVID-19, Key Symptoms, and Asymptomatic Infection, Mode of Transmission and Severity and Interventions to stop COVID-19 spread.

He also tasked them to take safety measures in order to limit transmission and concluded with Psychological and Mental Health Impact and Strategies to Manage the Virus.

On his part, a communications lecturer, Malam Kabiru Danladi Lawanti urged participants to create groups on Social Media and taught them ways to moderate such groups.

Malam. Lawanti also tasked them to focus more on social media monitoring and feedback.

On her part, Maryam Ado Haruna who is the head of the Jobberman Partnership Program at CITAD discussed with the participants on ways to write a good CV/Resume, Cover Letter, how to attend an interview, and what to avoid in writing CV/Resume.

Malam Y.Z Ya’u, the Executive Director of CITAD conducted a session on proposal writing as well how the participants could write good proposals since CITAD had informed them that those who pitch very good proposals would be given micro-grant.

Narrating their experiences after the training, one of the participants, Hussaini Yunusa said before the training he and his friends didn’t believe Covid19 is real but has now realized the existence of the disease.

On her part Amina Sani, another participant opined that she actually didn’t believe in wearing face marks either observing social distancing and she didn’t see any importance of doing that, but when she attended the training her perception has totally changed and now wears face mask wherever she goes and avoiding crowded environments.

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