Archive for July, 2008

NYSC Infotech Corps Zonal Workshops kicks Off With Agege Zone

July 2, 2008

The National Youth Service Corps Infotech Community Development Group’s Zonal ICT awareness workshops commenced amidst the industrial action by teachers in secondary and elementary schools in Nigeria. It was a well planned and timed series of workshops through selected under served communities in Lagos considering the four major Zones of the NYSC in Lagos (Somolu, Epe, Agege and Ikeja). Agege was our first port of call and we have planned to hold similar workshops in Ajeromi Ifelodun and Mushin in bi-weekly order. I would like to specially express my gratitude to the NYSC State Coordinator Mr. Anthony C. Ani, for approving these workshops and the NYSC Agege Zonal Inspector – Mrs. N. Ufochukwu for accepting to host us.

Infotech Corps Community Development group started in 2001after a group of young Nigerians passionate about the use of ICTs, while serving their mandatory one year national service decided to equip other young people who otherwise may not have the opportunity to encounter the incredible world of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). Since inception, Infotech Corps whose main focus is creating Information and Communications Technology (ICT) awareness among under served communities with a special focus on secondary schools in Lagos State, have carried out various ICT awareness programs in form of trainings and seminars and recently research. As part of our efforts to expand our schools training project – which is ongoing in Eight (8)schools with Infotech clubs created in Four (4) of the schools, have planned a series of workshops around Lagos State The workshops will bring over one hundred (100) secondary school students and their ICT teachers from over ten (10) schools in each of these zones. Participants will be brought up to date with happenings in the ICT world as well as gain expert advice on choosing a career in ICT.

The event at Agege was a successful one in terms of content, implementation, and feedback from the participants. In spite of the strike embarked upon my school teachers, the workshop was graced by secondary school students accompanied by their teachers as well as the NYSC officials in Agege Zone led by the Zonal Inspector – Mrs. N. Ufochukwu.  Mr Afe – the Infotech Corps supervisor, gave a welcome remark to kick start the day, while the Infotech PRO (Obinna Ajuruchi) presented a short profile of Infotech Corps. During the career talk session, Ugochukwu Nwosu – President NYSC Infotech Corps made a presentation on the road map to a career in IT. A highlight of which was a speed geek interactive session between the Infotech Corps members and the secondary school students. This was really an eye opener as we get to know what these young ones really think about Computers and IT in general as well as what they feel they should do towards a rewarding career.

We will implement the other two locations alongside the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) – and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) –