by Olive Community Development Initiative

On Wednesday 13th of June 2021, Olive Community Development Initiative carried out a sensitization on the importance of digital literacy on career choice and vocations with female students from Government Day Secondary School, Airport, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The program manager of Olive Community Development Initiative kick started the program by introducing participants to the various social media platforms available such as youtube, whatsapp, lindln, facebook, instagram, etc.

After enquiring from participants what they wish to become in life, the following professions were mentioned Singing, medcine,Designing, Farming and Dancing. The Program manager went further to enlighten particpants that no matter what they aspire to become in life, the use of social media handles will enable them to be well know all over the nation and the world as a whole.

A pratcical session was carried out with participants to ensure they understand and know how to access the various social media handles available to them.
In addition to the above, participants were also introduced to graphic design, by listing and explaining the importance of the basic elements of graphic design, a session which was very interactive as pupils picked interest and some wanted to even become graphic designers in the near future.

After the sessions, the pupils were asked to enlist what they have learnt so far, the following were the response gotten;

Idris Junior Secondary School 3 (13 years old)
I thought there was a cloud Some where ,which enable graphic designer to do so well, that i was afraid it’s something I Could never do on my own .
But after the session on creativity i feel relieved of all worries knowing that the beauty of designing is in the brain of the designer.

Mary Junior Secondary School 3 (16 years old)
I usually see different designs on my way from school but it never crossed my mind that design has elements but after the program today, when i see any design, i will be able to identify the basic elements of graphic design on it.

Opeyemi Junior Secondary School 3 (14 years old)
From my childhood, i never had the idea that a woman/traders of food items like pepper, tomotoes and groundnut could make use of social media handles but now am well equiped with the knowledgethat i can even become an expert in selling goods online.

Nafisat Junior Secondary School 3 (15 years old)
I aspire to become a singer and before this training, i never imagined i could do recordings and poston social media handles like; facebook, youtube, and instagram myself. As a result of the training, am so excited with the knowledge that i can become a star with just posting my recordings myself on social media handles.

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Sulaimon explaining sources of information
Sulaimon explaining sources of information



On Wednesday 23th of June 2021, Olive Community Development Initiative carried out a training on 21st century skills with pupils from ISOBAT Nursery and Primary School.


The facilitator, a staff from OCDI commenced by highlighting the various means of communications such as use of pebbles, stones, pictures, marks on woods, writing on walls as means of communication used in the olden days comparing it to the modern methods used in the 21st century such as radio stations, television stations, use of phones, laptop etc and how media bias has influenced the attitudes, behaviors, beliefs of people.


Furthermore, detailed explanation was given by the facilitator on Information (sources, how to access information efficiently and how to analyze information), communication (how information flows from one person/place to another- using oral, written or non-verbal language), technology (how to use digital and communication tools such as web-based resources, e-mail, blogs, chat, video appropriately).


During the session, the facilitator asked the pupils to list some devices used for communication and how they can be used to pass information from one person to another. Sulaimon a 15-year-old boy in primary 5 said phone can be used to make calls, send messages from one person to another.


Aishat an 11-year-old girl in primary 4 added that laptops can be used for video calls, sending of e-mails to family members.


In addition to the listed points, Rofiat a primary 5 girl said phone can be used to send messages through WhatsApp, twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


After the session, what is the difference between Attitude and Behavior? asked Aishat a 10-year-old girl in primary 3. The facilitator answering said attitude is a feeling or belief or opinion towards something, while behavior is an action or reaction towards something.

Students are excited as they were told that they will be able to use phones and laptops to access web-based resource, emails, in their next session.

Group photograph of participants
Group photograph of participants
Aishat explaining what media literacy is.
Aishat explaining what media literacy is.
cross section of participants
cross section of participants
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OCDI continued its 21st century training for children in Asa local Government Area despite the covid -19 pandemic. We found out that some of the schools teach computer lessons but do not have computers for use in the school.They use only drawings from the textbooks. Some of the kids who have benefitted from OCDI's activity at one time or the other are asking for more .

On 27th of february 2021,4 additional children enrolled for the classes while 1 old student joined the class. The new students were taught the basic parts of a computer and how to use some them while the old student continued learning how to use microsoft word.

Blessing, a 13year old girl who is not new in the class said she loves to learn more and want to have continuos access to a computer so she wont forget what she has learnt again.

Daniel,a 13 year old boy who attends a public school said he has never used a computer before but only learn about it in school.Now,he is happy because he has seen and touched what his teacher talked about in the school. He said he knows the basic parts of a computer and what it is used for.

Peace,a 10 year old girl who attends a private school is happy that she can now use a key board and a mouse. She said she is able to put into practice what she was taught in the school.

Another 13 year old girl, Miracle says she can now identity most f the icons on the screen of a computer.

The instructors told them that the classes will hold fortnightly and the children promised to bring some of thier friends for the next class.

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On 17th September, 2020, the  adolescent Girl Investment Plan(AGIP) in collaboration with the generation Equality +25 Youth Task Force organized two intergenerational dialogues between Action Coalition leaders ,girls and Youth. Olive Community Development Initiative (OCDI) took part in the intergenerational dialogues and 11 girls participated. It was an online meeting where the participants gathered at OCDI's office, Eiyenkorin, Ilorin to connect to the meeting at exactly 2pm Nigerian time.

The girls were glad to be able to see, hear and interact with the Action Coalition Leaders from different countries through the zoom application using a projector and a laptop. Peace, one of the girls who participated from OCDI, felt overwhelmed speaking to the Caucasians. She spoke about the root causes of child marriage in Nigeria and how poverty has become a major contributor to child marriage, where parents feel that giving out their girl child in marriage brings them financial freedom.

Six Action Coalition themes were discussed and OCDI was involved in Gender Based Violence (GBV) theme. It was discussed during the meeting the things to prioritize on Gender Based Violence and they were the needs to tackle the root and causes of child marriage.  Amidat, one of the girls that attended the meeting, was excited that her comment was captured in the comment box of the GBV chat room. She really stressed her concern on how child marriage has been a cultural norm in Nigeria and she urged the Action Coalition Leaders to organize communities, raise awareness and ensure more resources for justice measures.

Also, bodily integrity was mentioned. it was discussed that comprehensive sexuality education is of utmost importance in components of cultural changes. Comprehensive sexual education must have a gender and intercultural perspective that serves as fundamental strategy for the eradication of Violence.



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Every year,children in Nigeria come together to celebrate children's day on 27th of May.
This year,children could not get togeter to celebrate due to the covid 19 crisis.
Olive Community Development Initiatives produced a video documentary for children at Ivy Hill  Academy school in Ilorin Kwara State teaching them how to keep safe during the lockdown and at all times.The documentary was shown to the kids through zoom to celebrate the day by the school authority with the support of thier parents.
Ivy Hill Primary school is situated at Pipeline Road in Ilorin with over 100 kids from kingdergaten level to secondary school aged 1-12.
The documenatary is titled 7 safety Body rules all kids should know.
The safety rules are:
1. My body belongs to me
2. My private part have names
3. I can shout stop when I feel unsafe
4.I should be aware of early warning signs
5. I should not keep  secrets
6. I have to keep on telling a trusted adult
7.I will be brave at all times
We do hope to get feedback from the school as soon as the school resumes.
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Location: Ilorin, kwara State - Nigeria
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Ilorin, Kwara Nigeria
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