Sozo Network is a non-profit organization with 3 years history of increasing the participation of youths in leadership and tackling unemployment in Nigeria by empowering thousands of low income teenagers for life, leadership, employment and entrepreneurship, through grassroots mentorship, educational supports, career guidance, vocational trainings, practical leadership development experiences and other innovative and inclusive programs.
To have formidable leagues of youths who are adequately educated, mentored and exceptionally skilled for worthy employments, innovative entrepreneurship, ethical civic or public servant leadership.
Building formidable leagues of teenagers across Nigeria who are being mentored and empowered to become ethical and exceptional civic, entrepreneurial or public servant African leaders.
Low access to tertiary education, Inadequate participation of youths in leadership and worsening youth unemployment crisis in Nigeria.
These Problems are due to the following issues:
Poverty, poor quality of education, parental ignorance, damaged sense of purpose and responsibility amidst teenagers, environmental influences and lack of proper guidance and opportunities. (Based on FGDs, Surveys and our experiences so far)
By 2030, close to a BILLION children growing up in the world would be unemployable due to lack of proper education.
Mllion youths are unemployed
Nigeria’s population would have doubled by 2055 to give about 400 million people and most of her youths are currently unemployed or underemployed.
As said by a formal President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo “the youths constitute Nigeria’s only hope for a real future” thus the future of Nigeria rests upon the shoulders of the currently educationally disadvantaged youths, teenagers and children growing up in our communities, who are being faced with overwhelming educational and life challenges and lacks the proper value system and orientation needed to grow up to be leaders.
Ensuring proper mentorship, access to quality education and leadership development for low-income teenagers today would in few years translate to increase in number of jobs through entrepreneurship, improved employability, a change in the narrative of Nigeria has a country being led by corrupt civic and public management leaders, as well as reduction in the rate of violence and terrorism in Nigeria.
These impacts would bring about peace, not just in terms of peace education but in production of meaningfully engaged citizens, our communities and the country at large would be more sustainable and there would be industrial growth, because the emerging breed of leaders would have been empowered through quality education to not just survive but to lead changes and proffer solutions to the major and minor problems affecting their communities and the nation at large.