30 APR, 2014. A one-day seminar on the Importance of Vocational Skills Acquisition was recently organised by the Sisters of St Louis for the general public at the Mater Dei Social and Development Centre, Akure, Nigeria.
The seminar was attended by more than 400 participants, which included students, graduates, National Youth Corps members and others. Patricia Ebegbulem SSL spoke at the seminar and stated that vocational skills acquisition, which has the potential to make the young and old gainfully employed, is a major solution to the scourge of human trafficking. She is a member of the Committee for the Support of the Dignity of Women (COSUDOW), and has argued that the evil of human trafficking thrives on poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and poor governance amidst harsh socio-economic realities.
The general consensus at the seminar was was that vocational skills are important for all no matter what their intellectual capacity is, and that they are tools for self-actualisation and sufficiency.
For more information on the seminar, check out Issue 30 of our monthly newsletter, Musings, or you can read more about our Community Involvement in Nigeria here.