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Design to equip individuals, groups and communities with the relevant skills for social, psychological,economical and physical survival.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

The problem of endemic poverty , hunger and injustices in the Africa continent especially within the Niger Delta region of Nigeria calls for a new holistic thinking and innovative approach. Hence, using the platform of the Global Goals otherwise termed: the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, we have designed and implemented this innovative SKILLS FOR SDGs-PRENEURSHIP concept.. The program is about developing new sustainable business concepts based on the SDGs towards solving the social, economical and environmental needs of grass-root, urban and city dwellers in line with the 2030 Agenda. The components of the program include: Training, mentoring and empowering on basic survival and livelihood skills.The program is tailored and designed towards ending poverty, hunger and all injustices as well as give opportunity to the voiceless and the marginalized.. Please kindly refer to some of our presentations at:

Geography of focus (500 characters)

We are particularly implementing around communities within the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in Africa. This target and focus at this region is due to the endemic poverty level as well as incessant intra communities wars and youths restiveness.. Thus, in order to pursue sustainable peace, we have designed this program to achieve better living standard for all and attain sustainable cities and peace for development.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

First, through this program we have been able to provide over ten thousands people with alternative means of livelihood through training and empowerment on sustainable sources of income. This program has also resulted to a more decent and sustainable cities for accommodating local dwellers as well as people on the move as refugees and displaced persons. This program has the capacity to improve on alternative means of livelihood in order to give voice to the most marginalized people .

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

An angry man, according to the old adage is an angry man. Thus, this program is designed to solve the basic social, economic and environmental needs of all and sundry. The program has the potentials to eradicate poverty, hunger, social injustices as well as give voice to the voiceless thereby leading to happiness, joy and higher standard of living among even the poor people . It also has the capacity of eradicating unemployment and common vices among the active youths. With SKILLS FOR SDGs-PRENEURSHIP, human lives could experience transformation, healthier and wealthier living.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

in line with the 2030 Agenda, SKILLS FOR SDGs-PRENEURSHIP implementation so far has resulted in the empowerment of people and communities with new and alternative means of livelihood. Through this program, people are now empowered to with new skills to create jobs and improve on income and slandered of living, Cities and communities are experiencing more decency and made habitable with the capacity of decreasing illegal mobility as well as the potentials to accommodate new migrants. Due to alternative means of livelihood being created, we are witnessing a drastic reduction in poverty and unemployment levels. So also, there is a remarkable decrease in the number of restiveness among the youths hence, remarkable increase in sustainable peace needed for development.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

The inspiration behind this ideas was due to the high level of poverty, hunger , injustices and youths restiveness that were rapant within these communities around the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Thus, in order to solve these social challenges, this program was conceived and designed as a recipe to eradicating these challenges. Thus, through training, reorientation, mentoring and empowerment, the affected people and communities are now developing new alternative means of livelihood using the SDGs as the platform for generating local sustainable means of livelihood.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Finding alternative means of survival and livelihood to sustain the poor and marginalized people of the Niger Delta region is no doubt, a worthwhile cause. The problem of endemic poverty , hunger and social injustices are partly due to land pollution caused by decades of oil exploration and neglect. The effects of land degradation and environmental has affected the agricultural productivity of the region hence, there is poor agricultural out put. Hence, the only means of survival which is alternative means as designed and being implemented through social and digital enterprises with some innovations in traditional aquaculture. Thus, SKILLS FOR SDGs-PRENEURSHIP is seen as the timely interventions towards solving these challenges among the people. Again, kindly refer to some of our innovative approaches in this regards at httpS;//

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

To empower and transform the people and communities, our project has some strategic components which include: 1- Social and soft skills training and empowerment. Here, such skills as strategic thinking, innovations, decision making, self discovery and management principles as well as leadership are being taught. 2- Two basic livelihood skills acquisition on aquaculture, vegetable farming, poultry production, soap making, catering , fashion , etc are taught to deserving participants, 3- ICT and DIGITAL Skills are inculcated towards digital entrepreneurship which enable participants to be Learning- Working and Earning 4- To unique groups such as students in campuses, we designed the program of studies on INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GREEN ENTERPRISES 5- Also, the program include skills for social enterprises management . With these components, the program is designed to impact and empower the targeted communities and people. 6- Special Gender empowerment sessions

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

To achieve the set objectives, we have entered project working partnership with the following bodies as: 1-Isoko North local Government area, Delta state 2- Ughelli Sought Local Government Delta state 3- Isoko Sought local Government , Delta state, 4- Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Delta state 5- Delta state university Abraka Delta state 6- Office of the Special Assistance to the Governor of Delta state on SDGs 7- National Open University of Nigeria- noun and other NGOs, CBOs and private agencies and organizations

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Majority Adoption: We have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base (i.e. 50% to 83% of the target population or 50,000 to 1,000,000 users).

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Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

HETAVED SKILLS ACADEMY is a non Governmental body registered with the Federal Republic of Nigeria as HEALTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP TECHNOLOGY AGRICULTURAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL INITIATIVE. Our main focus is on Research, training and innovations development towards human survival. As a specialized project, HETAVED SKILLS ACADEMY has developed a number of innovation and interventions towards human survival and sustainable development. HETAVED SKILLS was chosen and endorsed by the UN STI- Science, Technology and Innovations forum as one of the Global Innovations for the SDGs since 2016. So also, we have been endorsed by the African Union as one of the Education Innovators for Africa as well as endorsement by GAIA /AWARD as one of the Gender Friendly Innovators in West Africa. We have also received the Google Africa Digital Scholarship. Please kindly refer to https;// Or for some more information.

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Hello Amos OBI! Applauds to this novel idea towards improving the livelihood of less fortunate people. However, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, unskilled, destitution, street begging, social rejection, economic exclusion, and overall displacement are key definitions of disability in Nigeria, sadly though. In fact, it seems a national conspiracy to exclude the blind, deaf, dumb, lame, etc in any programme that will aid their social integration and economic independence, thereby eradicating their liability on the entire society. Besides, the society is not attending to such liability, no, not in the slightest. So, is there any provision in this design to accommodate this most vulnerable group of all times?

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