Who we are
I-Train Africa is an Edtech startup focused on sustainable development goals (SDGs) 4 (Education) and 8 (Decent work and economic growth). This social enterprise was born owing to the obvious gap in the education that we are being offered in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. This education largely doesn’t meet the needs of the 21st-century workforce. The obvious disconnect between making youth aware of what they need and the place to get this knowledge per time is the gap I-Train Africa is trying to bridge. I-Train Africa’s aim is to build the future we want to see in Africa by creating awareness, blueprint programs, and a community where we offer practical 21st-century knowledge and skills that lead to the empowerment of youths. I-Train Africa has since its inception created different learning series to educate youths on needed life skills. We are currently building a community of/for youth where we educate them about sustainable development goals (SDGs) and how to access global opportunities using their works in the social good space.
Our vision is to build an ecosystem of African youth who have the knowledge and skills to create the future we want.
Our mission is to educate and teach skills that are practical and aligned to the needs of the 21st-century youth.
We aim to achieve our vision by creating ABC:
- Awareness of the knowledge and skills needed by youth.
- Blueprint programs on knowledge and skills needed by youth.
- Community where this knowledge and skills can be found.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Aderinsola Adio-Adepoju is an educator, life coach, researcher, and entrepreneur whose strength lies in idea synthesis, storytelling, teaching, strategic planning, and youth mentorship. She is a strong advocate for youth & women empowerment through skills acquisition as a means of achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Aderinsola participated as one of the 1000 talents at the UNLEASH global innovation lab in 2018 where she grew her team spirit & design thinking process.
Mrs. Adio-Adepoju is a Ph.D. student with her ongoing research aimed at finding a sustainable solution to the reoccurring lead poisoning incidents in artisanal gold mining regions in Northern Nigeria.
Aderinsola has a distinction in MSc. Environmental Chemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is an Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund Research Scholar 2018, winner of the best poster prize at RSC symposium Lagos Nigeria 2016, a talent of the water resources management course Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2017, winner of the RSC travel grants 2018 & 2019. She has co-authored several academic publications in international journals and attended several local and international conferences across 5 continents.
Aderinsola teaches Chemistry at the SFS, the University of Lagos Nigeria with a mission to use this avenue to advocate for 21st-century market-aligned skills. She was invited as a speaker at the first Soapbox Science, Lagos, 2019, and also at 2019 United Nations Day “The future we want, The United Nations we need” where she spoke on skills and education.
She has over 10 years of management experience as the CEO of Deryne Couture; a 3-arm fashion design, fashion retail, and fashion training company whose vision is to be the leading vocational fashion training institute in Africa in order to empower youths.
Aderinsola has a Mini MBA from the International Finance Corporation; a member of the World Bank Group. She has participated as a talent/student in several business labs and courses such as the Ayada Lab; an intensive Franco-German Incubation program: Entrepreneurship, Skills & Innovation course at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.
Aderinsola is a hard worker, a committed person, a happy wife, and a mother who loves to travel, take photographs, tell stories, mentor youths, and values family & relationships.
Aderinsola life’s mission is to help youths and women navigate life by educating them on how they gain clarity, find purpose, acquire relevant life, and soft skills that will set them up for excellence in today’s world. Aderinsola is open to collaborations and can be reached via her LinkedIn