Aviators Africa has revealed plans for the launch of Aviators Africa School Club, which is part of its effort at exposing school children and youths to aviation sector, stimulating interest and building capacity and manpower for the sector as well as boosting its economy. Besides the club, which has been billed for launch at the Peninsula Hotel, Lekki, Lagos on April 18 with a day conference, another laudable initiative of the organisation that is headed by Toni Ukachukwu, who is a travel journalist and administrator, include Aviators Africa Academy, which according to Toni, is dedicated to making the aviation sector accessible globally to students with particular reference to African students.
The theme for the one day event, which begins from 10am, is: ‘Inspiring the next generation in aviation and aerospace,’ while the list of speakers include: The Founder of Flying Doctors, Dr. Ola Brown, Project Engineer, NACO Airports Contractors, Adeola Adegboyega, Pilot Gyro Air, Janet Bunor, Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi, Founder, Harrrier Airlines, Yemi Dada, Coventry University Graduate, Aviation and Transport, Gladys Ngbako, Rector/Chief Executive of Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Captain Abdulsalami Mohammad, Chief Executive Officer of Jet Afrique, Theo Chikelu and Founder, Jet West Airlines, Dikko Nwachukwu, while the hosts are the Founder of AviaDev International, Jon Howell, and Toni Ukachukwu of Aviators Africa.
Ukachukwu lamented the distant nature of aviation from youths of school age, hence, ‘‘we intend to bring the industry closer to them and show them and the world that flying is not just a dream as it can be an aspiration, a tangible goal and a reality in terms of the opportunities it present in the pursuit of a career in aviation,’’ he disclosed. Aviators Africa School Club, he said, is an extra curriculum activities based club, conceived, promoted and marketed by Aviators Africa under its academy to secondary schools across the continent.
The main purpose among others of establishing the club is to create awareness in the minds of our future leaders about the aviation industry as a way to motivate and inspire these secondary school students to develop interest in the aviation industry.
‘‘The aviation industry is a very robust category which presents significant interest to these secondary school students to enable them to consider the option of pursuing any of the fulfilling, exciting and captivating careers in the aviation industry. Careers in the aviation industry as a broad term, encompasses a wide variety of career opportunities.”
‘‘We, are therefore, launching the Aviators Africa School Club in partnership with secondary schools to garner interest and create awareness to secure the future of Africa’s aviation industry with emphasis on African secondary school students.’’
‘‘Aviators Africa School Club is committed to making aviation a viable, important career choice for present and future generation of Africa by the introduction of innovative approach to aviation education accessibility through technological awareness, mentorship and career development scheme”, he further revealed.
‘‘Aviator Africa School Club will present opportunities for exchange programmes in different parts of the world, bootcamps in addition to the selection of outstanding students to participate in aviation conferences in Africa and elsewhere around the world.” Hence, our partnership with Aviadev International and other training institutions