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Adonai Institute: A vocational training Institution of media & creative arts for people with disability

A school of media and creative arts offering coding, photography, video production, website design, graphics and computer basics for PWD.

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What problem does your idea solve?

Unemployment is the biggest problem people with disability face in Nigeria. Over 19 million Nigerians live with disabilities and activists are calling for more support for persons with disabilities (PWDs). The basic reason why unemployment has persisted among PWD is the poor societal support towards vocational education for them. As such, they continue to suffer neglect.

Explain your idea

Vocational education is the strongest solution to the problem of unemployment among people with disability. If more PWD have useful skills, they can easily create opportunities for themselves and solve problems for which they can be paid in return. Collectively, the project is an innovative learn-and-work social innovation where PWD get the training, mentorship and resources they need to turn their passion into a profession. The project will offer high-spec technical training in photography, video production, web design and graphics, creative media and technology, intensive digital and soft-skills coaching and a rigorous apprenticeship process that targets a 100% placement rate. Our vision is to create hundreds of thousands of African digital professionals and entrepreneurs sharing their creative content with the world for profit and impact.

Who benefits?

The project is targeted at people with disabilities in Nigeria. The project will teach them entrepreneurship, business development and finance management and encourage them to start their own small scale business initiatives.

How is your idea unique?

We believe that the digital revolution offers people with disability an unparalleled opportunity to participate in the global economy. With the convergence of media, technology and business, Africans PWD can produce and distribute high-quality content for the global market in a way they could not before. There are a number of vocational schools around. Most have been established by the government and are poorly maintained. Many of the other non-government, for profit schools merely teach vocational skills but place no emphasis on entrepreneurship. We aim to teach PWD not only to sharpen and develop their skills but to open their eyes to entrepreneurship opportunities and help them take advantage of them.

Tell us more about you

Our organization is called RECY WORD, and will be responsible for the Adonai Institute. The team is made up of 4 board members, 5 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff. We also have consultants whom we work with as the needs arise. Most of our staff are graduates who also have professional experience.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

The major question would be how we can make the institute financially sustainable and viable for PWD.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nigeria

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered for-profit company (including social enterprises).

Idea Maturity

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

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