The Minister of Communication and Technology, Omobola Johnson, spoke recently about encouarging Nigeria’s emerging software development community.
There was an ICT stakeholders’ forum held on the 22nd September, 2011 at City Hall, Lagos.
As a stakeholder with an unending interest in Information Technology and how it can be better used to empower women and girls, W.TEC had 2 personnel in attendance at the forum.
These personnel had the key responsibility of disseminating information as it happened at the forum to a large audience on Twitter. The twitter handle for the coverage was #ngmct.
In attendance were the President of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), the former Executive Chairman of Nigerian Computer Society (NCC), The VC Nigerian Courier Ass., DG NOTAP, Mr. Kayode Shobajo CEO/ Chief Technopreneur Council Member CPN, Mrs. Florence Seriki -MD Omatek, Mr. Henry Adekunle Stock Exchange Commission (SEC) , Ms. Barbara James Chief Inspector Venture Capital Ass. , Mr.Olutoyin Director of Strategies CBN, Mr Pius Okigbo –ISPON, a representative from the National Information Technology Development Aency (NITDA), Chief Bintan Famutimi amongst other stakeholders.
Goal: To inform the stakeholders of the mandate of the ministry and to have a roundtable discussion on the creation of a digital economy and information society in Nigeria.
There were two speakers at this forum:
The first speaker was Mr. Bill Best, CEO Centre Illumination who spoke on:
Stimulating Broadband Development in Nigeria
- The developing world and GSM technology
- What Broadband can be used for
- How to effectively utilize broadband
- Broadband considerations and specifications
- Government and Regulators role
The second speaker was the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology Mrs. Omobola Johnson who spoke on:
Roadmap on Creation of a Digital Economy and Information Society
- The Mandate of the Ministry
- The Nigerian ICT industry structure, characteristics and Key statistics
- Policy directions and interventions (2011-2015)
- The Nigerian Digital Economy key statistics (c2015)
- Policy Direction and Interventions: Immediate Priorities
- The Role of the private sector
The Minister concluded that the Ministry would act as a hub for the ICT industry as a whole removing the segmentation of the existing industries, and regulate all the sectors of the various information industries. Said we should grow our ICT industry by partnering with countries that have made a success of their own ICT industry. The Road map is looking at what we have on the table & how we can bring it to standard to what is obtainable in the developed world and use a Cadre to monitor activities in the various sections of the industries.
Afterwards, there was the roundtable discussion & further suggestions which the Minister noted was already covered in her presentation and the in-house research work
Further suggestions can be submitted at:
The workshop materials can be downloaded at http://commtech.gov.ng/downloads.html
Deadline: 15 August 2011
ESSAY COMPETITION: Looking at ICTs and agriculture in Africa through the eyes of women and the youth. Enter the competition to win EUR 1000 and join NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary!
The New Partnership for Africa‟s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) have joined forces in celebrating NEPAD‟s 10th Anniversary. It is within this context of reflecting over the advancement of the African development agenda, that the two institutions are jointly organising an essay competition under the theme; “Looking at ICTs and entrepreneurship in agriculture and rural development through the eyes of women and the youth”. This contest also falls in the framework of CTA activities on Youth, Women and ICTs. In line with these objectives, CTA and the NEPAD Agency are searching for enthusiastic African young people (writers, journalists and other youth), who want to demonstrate their abilities by examining these issues.
The Awards recognize excellence across a number of categories centred on the attraction, retention and progression of youth, women‟s and African talents to further the African development agenda.
Visit the Writers Africa website for more information.
The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is currently accepting applications for it’s forthcoming Girls Technology Camp. Please nominate promising young ladies and share widely.
Executive Director (Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC)
Now in its 4th year, the W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is an initiative aimed at helping girls develop an early interest in computers and other information technology. The long-term goal is to increase the numbers of women working with and using information technology productively for professional and leadership activities.
This educational camp will take place on August 9 – 15, 2011 and is targeted at girls in JSS 2 to SS2. For one week, the young women will live together and participate in technology workshops and leadership activities.
Evaluations of previous camps indicate enhanced leadership skills; creativity; and problem-solving and communication abilities in the girls as a result of attending the camp. It affords girls a firsthand experience in cutting edge technology.
The fee for the 4th W.TEC Girls Technology Camp is N50, 000 (this includes registration, course materials, tuition, feeding and boarding fees). Scholarships and fee waivers are also available, so we strongly urge all qualified young women to apply.
Who qualifies to apply?
• Female students currently in JSS 2 to SSS 2 and no younger than 11 years of age
• Must have an excellent academic record
• Interested in learning about computers and other information technology
• Must be available in August 2011
• Must have the consent of either parent or guardian to stay in the camp with other girls for 1 week
Your applications can be sent by:
1. E-mail: email@example.com
2. Mail: W.TEC, P.O. Box 50389, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos
3. Online submission from our website: www.w-teconline.org
4. Hand delivery to our office: W.TEC, Suite 88, Block A-4, Sura Shopping Complex, Simpson Street, Lagos Island, Lagos
If you have any questions, please contact W.TEC by phone, +234.819.115.0387, +234.1.850.9782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following in your application letter:
Name of the applicant (Last name, First Name); Class; Age; School; Contact Address; Phone Number; E-mail
Do apply for this wonderful opportunity for young people the world over.
Young People use Internet and Mobiles for Social Good
* Do you use social media to do good for your community and for your own future?
* Do you use blogs and vlogs to raise critical questions?
* Do you create websites or mobile apps that fight discrimination, hunger or diseases?
If yes, take your chance to show that you are at home in digital and social media and know how to bring about positive development, be it in your neighbourhood or in another country: Submit your new media project to the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) and win the chance to meet engaged Youth from around the world and network with representatives of NGOs, governments and media!
The WSYA is an annual award and a network for young people using the internet, mobile phones or other digital media to put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into action. The MDGs were set in 2000 by the UN to prompt member states and civil society to fight poverty, hunger and disease, inequalities, lack of education and environmental degradation.
Starting May, 2nd, and until July, 15th, you can submit your product to this international competition at www.youthaward.org in one of the six WSYA categories:
* Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease !
* Education for All !
* Power 2 Women !
* Create your Culture !
* Go Green !
* Pursue Truth !
Three winners and two runners-up for each category will be selected by an international jury of young ICT experts. They will evaluate the projects in two rounds of online judging.
A workshop on the review of Information Technology (IT) Curricula was organized by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) in collaboration with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) held on 22nd March, 2011 at the Lagos Airport Hotel. In attendance was the Executive Director Standard & Regulation NITDA in the person of Barr. Kemabonta Inye, representative of the Executive Secretary National Commission for Colleges & Education (NCCE) in the person of Mr. Pius, representative of the Executive Secretary National Board of Technical Education in the person of Chief A. A Mba, the Chairman in the person of Prof. S. B Unaiju Chairman from ABU Zaria, the Registrar of CPN, the God-father of Computer Science in Nigeria in the person of Dr. Isaac Adeola Odeyemi amongst others.
The chairman’s opening remark address the use of obsolete programming language in our higher institute of learning e.g. “Fotran”. A review is needed to enable us meet up with IT in this age. The “God-father of computer science” advised that IT review should not take up to 5 years as the world of IT is continually growing and expanding at an alarming rate and as such IT curriculum should be inculcated into our primary and secondary school syllabuses and not only at the tertiary levels. He also advised that a one year after NYSC be introduced for graduates to specialize in any aspect of IT to make them globally competitive.
There were two paper presentations shown namely:
- Implication of IT components of Vision 20-2020 to Curriculum Development
- IT Curricula Review for Global Competitiveness by CPN
PAPER 1: IT Curricula Review for Global Competitiveness by CPN
IT has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. Globally, IT professionals now drives the business and economy of the world e.g. Facebook, Google. Any country that cannot review its IT curricula cannot compete globally in the world.
Reason for IT Curricula Review
- Keeping abreast with the rapidly changing IT discipline e.g. new technology, www, use of the internet and its applications. We need young Nigerians that can break barriers and compete globally with the people from US, UK, and the likes.
- We need to produce professionals for the national and international labor market e.g. international companies are trying to recruit our young and without IT they cannot compete
What do we need to focus on in the Review of IT Curricula
- Problem solving skills
- Programming and software development
- Entrepreneurial skills
- Continuous development of programming skills through use of best practices.
Skills expected from IT Graduates
- Ability to apply knowledge of computing & mathematics to their discipline
- Ability to analyze a problem and apply the required technical skills
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to apply local & global aspect of computing
- Ability to apply current techniques & skills for computing
Strategies for IT curriculum Review
- Policy for IT teachers to undergo training skills & competence periodically to be updated
- Curricula review every three years
PAPER 2: Implication of IT components of Vision 20-2020 to Curriculum Development
Vision 2020 is a bold attempt to redirect national energy; it has a far reaching implication on every sector of the economy. The vision is people-centric and its greatest implication yet is the area of human capital development. Curricula are a deliberate response to national aspirations and development because there’s a link between Curricula and every aspect of national development. An example is the Israeli and Singapore who used the abduction and adoption of ICT into their Curricula to become competitive and to change their economy.
Highlight of the ICT Component of the Vision 20-2020
- Development of Knowledge based Economy
- Blue print document identifies ICT, ST(Science Technology) and innovation as the key points in the platform of Nigeria’s economy
- Ensure access to IT infrastructure availability to all
Implications and Recommendation
- Look at the existing IT policies, policy of education and then match all Policy on IT to vision 2020 for sync.
- Update the IT for development blueprint
- Embark on comprehensive review of the Curriculum, and the review should cut across all fields such that IT is inculcated into every field of learning.
Syndicates groups were organized to discuss policy documents and come up with ideas, raise different suggestions to be deliberated on, on which the new curriculum will be based. There was room for interactive session of question and answers. Certificate of participation was given to every person that participated in the review.
The chairman concluded that the review was a process and that the goal we all have in mind for a competitive and knowledge based economy will be achieved from the review of the curriculum.
W.TEC is pleased to inform you about the opening of the W.TEC Computer Hub. The Computer Hub offers visitors high-speed Internet access with our friendly staff always on hand to assist you. The Computer Hub, which is an expansion and a sister facility to W.TEC, opened late August this year at Suite 82, Block A5, Sura Shopping Complex, Lagos Island.
The Computer Hub opens from 8.30am to 4.30pm daily from Monday to Friday. Aside from Internet access, the W.TEC Computer Hub offers a large variety of printing and peripheral services such as photocopying, scanning, binding, document typing, sale of computer accessories such as flash drives and CDs. The Computer Hub sells stationery and is available for rent on weekends for trainings.
What makes W.TEC Computer Hub so special? We lay emphasis on good service. Technology is as good as the people supporting it. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The Computer Hub is fully air conditioned and well lit. Our relaxing ambience has a smoothing effect on clients as they surf the Internet.
Make a date with us at the W.TEC Computer Hub. The experience is exotic!
The Centre for Internet Society (CIS) in partnership with Hivos and our organisation, The African Commons Project, is calling out to young technology users to join a global conversation which will form part of a collaborative research project that invites Digital Natives to help us look at the potentials of social change and political participation in their own practice.
The conversation will take the form of a 3-day workshop entitled ‘My bubble, My space, My voice” and will focus on how young people use the tools and platforms at their disposal in order to create social change in their environments. The workshop will involve participants from around Africa, who will be guided by facilitators in an interactive and engaging dialogue. Results from the workshop will be used to establish a network of collaboration and support for digital natives, including the development of a book that captures digital natives’ activities in different regions and contexts.
The workshop is open to any young Africans who use digital technologies to respond to problems, crises, or needs in their community or social circles. Travel and accommodation expenses will be granted to those who are selected.
As a project leader who is in touch with African actors or movements who are using ICT to make a change in their communities, we would like to ask if you would forward the Call for Participation to your network. You are also most welcome to send this directly to those ‘digital natives’ whom you feel would benefit from attending such a workshop.
* The workshop will be held from 7 to 9 November in Johannesburg.
* People are invited to apply online by 12 October
* They can apply online here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KLNMXGW
The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) selects and promotes best practice in e-Content and technological creativity, demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states including Nigeria to work together in the efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation.
Nkem Uwaje is one of the many international WSYA ambassadors who help promote the global online contest in her home country.
Read all about her participation in this year’s WYSA. This section will focus on Nkem Uwaje’s trip to WSYA headquarters in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the 2010 WSYA Winner’s Event held in New York City during the Millennium Review Summit this September, including the following posts:
1 Post WSYA 2010
2 WSYA Workshops
3 MDG Amphiteather
4 UN Digital Media Lounge
5 WSYA Media XChange
6 WSYA Award Ceremony
7 Hard Rock Cafe
8 Stand Up NYC
9 WSYA – Day 1
10 The Countdown
11 Salzburg & the WSYA Team
12 Journey Preparation
Watch out for opportunities to participate in next year’s award.