Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development (SVNED) Inc. has designed a program to bring together a sophisticated group of individuals by advancing their educational and professional careers to help them be more competitive in the global job market. SVNED is organizing a training facilitated by the best and brightest professors from ivy league universities in the United States hailing from Stanford University, New York University (NYU), Santa Clara University and more. The SVNED Immersion Program is an effective training and development model that can be streamlined to benefit emerging countries looking to develop its workforce and create a new job market in tech.
Professors of the Immersion Program have put together a robust curriculum aimed at inspiring young adults to develop startups concepts to drive innovation and creative solutions that can turn a profit. The measure of the success would rest heavily on SVNED ability to connect them with Venture Capitalist and Angel Investors in both info tech and ag tech sector. This accelerator and incubator model is responsible for the massive e-commerce success currently observed in Silicon Valley. SVNED Immersion program encourages and inspires participants to build for a future that would create economic capital, attract investment and create measurable job growth within their home countries and beyond.
The secondary objective of the Immersion Program is to train and retain talent, equipping the underserved and unemployed with the opportunity to present themselves as the best candidates for full-time job placement in the field of information communication technology. It is SVNED continued mission to encourage more industries to expand and invest in professional training and development programs for the purpose of advancing their labor workforce as the world prepares for the transition of skilled labor being replaced by Artificial Intelligence.
After the conclusion of the inaugural celebration of the January 24th International Day of Education celebration, President & Cofounder of SV-NED Inc., Denise Williams, a Bay Area native and a minority business owner in Silicon Valley recollects her journey as an immigrant with her family to find quality education outside her country in the U.S. Williams credits her teachers and her immediate local community for rallying around her to sharpen her innermost talents. At age 11, she was placed in the STEM Program (MESA) at Willard Middle School, Berkeley, CA. By age 14, she was placed in Chevron Explorer Program learning how to build websites <code> and became immersed into the corporate culture to develop her professional and communication skills.
Now at the Age of 34, she wants to give back and she is committed to doing so. By replicating the same model of early adoption and exposure to technology, Williams is confident that the skills and unemployment gap observed in her country Nigeria can be resolved. Williams’ recent trip back to Nigeria, gave her a rude awakening that her country could use her help and leadership. Williams was reminded of her path and journey to finding quality education, she observed elementary school-age girls wearing the exact same ‘brown uniforms’ she wore over twenty-four years ago. She explained: “ I looked outside my car window, and saw myself again, and felt the passion to do something to help shape their futures, just like someone helped me.”
Williams, took to the sit on the United Nation’s floor during the General Assembly in New York, NY, asking for “a full plate” a global standard for quality education which includes access running electricity, clean water, and meal plans in all public classrooms.” She urged her constituents, that “it is hard to encourage young dreamers to see beyond their current condition if they are worried about the next meal on their plates.”
Williams continued stating it is unbeknown to her that the technology to provide sufficient electricity and water supply grids for underserved and emerging markets do not exist in 2019. As a technology businesswoman and enthusiast herself, she has witnessed the power of innovation at first glance at home in Silicon Valley and Salinas Valley.
Joining the panel discussion, was Keynote Speaker Pamela Haas, Corporate Citizen Manager for IBM, who spoke about the need for expansion in global technology training using models like the SVNED Immersion Program as well as the P-TECH network. P-TECH is a program committed to educating the future workforce and closing the global skills gap. P-TECH school model is a pioneering education reform initiative created by IBM.
Even though, SVNED has used its best efforts in creating an effective solution to Nigeria’s troubling 18.8% unemployment rate and 33% youth unemployment rate by funding the 2nd immersion program; SVNED still has growing pending applicants who have expressed their interest in attending the 3rd Immersion program. The 3rd Immersion Program is scheduled to enter into 10 States in 12 months, with a projection to train 24,000 people. Consequently, the cost for participation the majority of of the applicants cannot afford. Thus, creating an opportunity for corporate sponsors in tech to partner with SVNED as strong supporters to carry on with this great cause that will impact 24,000 people in 12 months.
We are afraid that if no one steps in to invest and support the 3rd Immersion Program, generations of children in West Africa will be moved further into poverty and famine. SVNED Inc. for partnership in expertise and funding solutions that will alleviate budget constraints and create room for cross-pollinating of expertise and skill sets between Silicon Valley and West Africa. Registered and confirmed participants can anticipate 6-day of interactive training, cultural-exchange with leading professors and professionals in tech.
Finally, SVNED Inc. pleads with corporate sponsors across the globe, who have the appetite for the continuous spread of quality education worldwide. SVNED seeks advocates as sponsors and donors of resources and tools that will support the ongoing efforts of the upcoming 3rd Immersion Programs.