Patrick Nwambam, 11, is a primary six student of Lagos State Model Nursery and primary school, Ikeja, GRA, Lagos. His utmost ambition is to become an electrical engineer when he grows up but he knew that his ambition may not come to fruition without basic knowledge and expertise in computer education.
Nwambam who never knew if his dream will come to reality had the confident of becoming an Electrical Engineer when SAP Nigeria with the effort of AYECI Africa donated an ultra-modern computer labouratory to his school.
Nwambam who is the Senior Prefect (Male) revealed that before the donation of the computer labouratory to the school, it was difficult to learn computer in their school.
“We only received the theory part of computer education without any computer machine to touch. We wrote note without knowing how some of these things we were being taught look like.”
The boy who was short of words when the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Honourable. Olufemi Odubiyi, represented by Director of Computer Science, Jide Adenuga thanked SAP Nigeria and AYECI Africa for donating equipment worth 6 million Naira to aid their learning.
“I want to thank SAP and AYECI Africa for bringing this innovation to our school. It will help us to improve our education because some of my colleagues here have not seen computer before but with this it will improve their learning”, he said.
Odubiyi also thanked SAP and AYECI Africa for their noble cause to renovate a 16-seater ICT Learning Centre with computer, 3.5 KVA generator, internet service and interactive board which will serve the needs students in the school.
He said that the initiative is in tandem with the Lagos State Government determination to provide quality education for public and private school pupils in the State by ensuring that each pupil acquire the necessary computer knowledge in order to compete with their peers globally.
“The ICT sector remains a fast growing area with limitless possibilities for national and international development. Today, ICT is effectively showing new dimensions to old institutional arrangements. It is in view of the boundless opportunities ICT offers that the Lagos State Government has been making concerted efforts to explore its potentials in various aspects of governance; education inclusive.”
He also mentioned that the State government established a ‘Digital Village’ at Alausa, Ikeja for residents, especially youths to further have the opportunity of exploring the unbelievable potentials of ICT with the major goal to raise a new generation of youths who are sufficiently versatile with appropriate IT skills to be positioned for personal development and active participation in nation building.
He therefore called on all stakeholders in the education and ICT sector, philanthropists, private organizations and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate and replicate the wonderful gesture of SAP Nigeria in identifying areas where ICT is needed and support government’s drive to provide the needed infrastructure and facilities that will aid e-learning in all tiers of the education sector.
“I commend the efforts of AYECI Africa and SAP Nigeria for their foresight in helping to build an army of ICT compliant generation that will reshape the world, adding that it is his hope and desire that the facility will be put into good use by the pupils such that the purpose for refurbishing the Centre would be realized”, he said.
The School Director, Mrs. Adebola Adelola Elizabeth thanked the organizers, stating that she is glad because it is an opportunity they have been waiting for before the arrival of School Base Management Committee, with their support and willingness to sacrifice their time to move this school forward.
“We have been making several efforts for computers and at the end, AYECI and SAP came to our rescue. This will empower students and help in Nation building. In other countries they don’t depend on white getting jobs alone, they also empower pupils to be self-reliance so that even after school they can contribute to the society, community where they live and nation as well as their parents.”
She also appreciated the Deputy Directors of the school and called for more people to assist in providing more support in the school.
“It may not be as ICT, but there are other areas they can touch to improve the education in Lagos State Model Primary School because the young shall grow and we need to catch them young.”
The Managing Director, SAP West Africa, Kudzai Danha, represented by the Marketing Manager, SAP West Africa, Juliet Omorodion stated that the project is very dear to their heart and SAP as a technology company supported the initiative because of the new regulation by Federal and State Government to include ICT in school curriculum.
“This is so dear to our heart that we have even make provisions in aspect of power supply. We know it’s a general problem and that is why we have also supported the school with a brand new 3.5KVA generator to power the ICT centre.”
She said that the project is important for the children and it will improve the learning experience of the students.
The Executive Director of AYECI Africa, Ifeoma Adibe Chukwuka said that the intervention is part of the AYECI’s ongoing support for public schools.
“One of the things we do is to ensure that every child get the skills of literacy which is very broad and entails digital skill, financial skills, environmental skill and others. We focus on expanding educational opportunities for young people especially, those in underserved communities.”
According to her, “the ICT centre is important for development of the students to learn computer skills to become relevant in 21st century.”
She said that SAP Nigeria is one of the AYECI’s core partners and they are technology driven company that was happy to implement the project when they were informed about it.
“This project was key for them when we presented it to them because over three thousand students in all the schools around here will benefits from this centre”, she said.