Nigeria’s Digital literacy has received a boost with the training of 178 young Nigerians in the just concluded 10-Days Stem Bootcamp for Kids, SB4Kids, initiative.
The camp which closed on Friday was organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, with the Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, giving an appraisal in his remarks during the closing ceremony in Abuja.
He said the training had entrenched in its participant’s required technological knowhow in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, of Federal Government.
Mr Kashifu said the agency had continued to play central role in assisting and encouraging young tech innovators in Nigeria.
He disclosed that there was a need for a new strategy and innovative approaches to STEM education into the Nation’s educational system.
He suggested the introduction of Artificial intelligence (AI), Robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other emerging technologies into the curriculum.
“The STEM Bootcamp for Kids (SB4Kids) is part of NITDA’s effort towards implementing NDEPS, particularly the NDEPS’s pillar – Digital Literacy and Skills.
“We are all aware that the Nigerian government is committed to transforming the education system to improve the quality of our graduates to provide a secure future for all our citizens.
“The government’s vision places education at the heart of the development of the citizenry and future economic success,” he said.
He further said that NITDA SB4KIDS trained almost 200 participants, with 96 junior kids and 82 senior kids.
“Skilled NCAIR members took them through various technologies, on a journey requiring critical thinking and a high sense of curiosity in the world of science and digital technology.
“The early involvement of youngsters in technology and innovation will accelerate the development of the technology sector and create future leaders who will transform the Nigerian technology space and boost the Nigerian Digital Economy,” Inuwa said.
The National Director of National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, NCAIR, Yau Garba commended NITDA D-G and encouraged the children to practice and put to use what they had learnt.
“The vision you have set up for ICT is what is guiding us in this country today and we know clearly that the right place to start is with our government.
“That was why we came up with this initiative because we feel that in the future we will have leaders.”
NCAIR is one of NITDA’s special purpose vehicles created to promote research and development on emerging technologies and their practical application in areas of Nigeria’s national interest.
Kids across spectrums of the society were trained by NCAIR, a training organ of NITDA on Coding, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Drone.
They were also trained in Digital Communications, Embedded Systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality, and 3D requisite skill-set for the 4th Industrial Revolution.