Devatop Centre for Africa Development held a one-day training on research methodology, report and article writing for volunteers and non-governmental organizations in Abuja.
The programme was an opportunity to equip volunteers and non-governmental organisations with writing skills. The presenters/resource persons included Mr. Arinze Egemonye (a supporter and advisor to Devatop Centre for Africa Development) who taught on Research Methodology, Report Writing, Relationship Management and Skills Development and Mr. Tajudeen Suleiman (Director of Project, International Centre for Investigative Journalism) who facilitated the session on “How To Write Press Release and News Article”.
According Joseph Osuigwe, the Executive Director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development, “Writing is an essential skill in an organisation because there are so many things to write on, such as articles, press releases, reports, grant proposals, and letters. Organisations who have staff with effective writing skill have better chances of securing grants, getting visibility online, and attracting supporters. So many organisations are doing great work, but they don’t have published articles and press releases to show this. These organisations need to equip their staff with writing skill, which will enable them to make the world to know what they are doing.”
Participants included representatives of different NGOs, organisations such as Africa Health Television, The End Almajiri Foundation, Stand Up Against Cancer, Humane Heart Foundation, Tessy Foundation, Dorothy Njamenze Foundation, as well as and volunteers.
The training which had 17 people in attendance was practical and interactive. The participants had a break-out session with various forms of presentation to showcase their hands-on level of understanding during the sessions. Training materials were also distributed to all participants to enhance their understanding of how to write press releases, reports and articles.
Towards the end, the training focused on the need for youth to develop themselves further and endeavor to engage in other self-development activities to enable them acquire other vocational skills towards building a better society. This will in turn reduce the high-level of dependence on white collar jobs.
Devatop Centre for Africa Development is a youth-based non-profit organization with focus on combating human trafficking, violence against children and other forms of human rights abuses. Devatop has consistently engaged young people in fighting trafficking in persons, and donated over 5500 books to schools and internally displace persons.
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