Institute Tasks Govt On Computer Education

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McAnderson Associates, an Information Communication Technology (ICT), training institute has urged government at all levels to invest in computer education to build the technology ecosystem for sustainable development.
Consultant of the institute, Mr Akindayo Akindolani, Managing made the call last Friday at the graduation of the first batch of youths from YouthMobile Project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Abuja.
The Tide source reports that YouthMobile Project is an initiative of UNESCO aimed at training youths in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The programme had created a platform for youths to learn software, hardware and Mobile application development with support from the FCT Administration.
The first phase of the programme included 408 youths from Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Councils (AMAC), that graduated in March.
The second phase is targeted at training 600 youths from Abaji, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali Area Councils respectively.
“We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a US-based organisation that focuses more on how to change school programmes.
“We are looking at changing in-school curriculum, we are talking to policy makers, stakeholders to see how we can introduce Computer Education and Programming into their curriculum.
“Although, we have gotten invitations from some schools to teach their students ICT programming, we are impressed at the turn out.
“The world is changing, there is virtually nothing you can do without technology, therefore, we need to keep empowering the youths to know how to create technology applications,” he said.
He, however, encouraged the participants to utilise the skills, and knowledge they have acquired to create wealth for themselves and jobs as well.
Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria, Mr Olusola Amusan, said there was need for government to invest in education, which include computer science education.
Amusan also said that a sustainable roadmap for the development of ICT would go a long way to build the sector.
“When budgeting for education increases, it will affect computer science education because it is a sub-sector of education.
“We need the will power from government and every other thing stands on that, both infrastructure, jobs, internet access, creating a roadmap for young people to grow in an enabling environment, he said”
According to him, developing ICT is not a sole responsibility of the government, but it needs to set the pace for the private sector, international development community to follow.
“Teaching people entrepreneurship for small scale business is good, but it cannot give us the kind of respect we deserve in the League of Nations.
“The nations that are biggest in the world are those that have gotten their technology, trade, human development and capitals right, so we have a great work to do in that regard.”