The Nigeria Computer Society (NSC) has called for the development of digital skills among students in primary and secondary schools.
According to the President of NCS, Prof. Adeshina Sodiya, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, information technology has become an essential part of “our daily lives”, hence the need for the skills.
Sodiya noted that the society would soon commence a programme to this end which it would name ‘Techminds’
“we will be launching a programme very soon, known as ‘Techminds’, to develop capacity in our kids. We want to start catching them young and let them know that technology is the way to go these days.
“Young kids abroad are already being exposed to coding and robotics as well as basic technological knowledge.
“The idea is that if the kids start developing these skills at that level by the time they get to tertiary institutions, they will be doing great in the area of information technology,” Sodiya said.
The President added that the society is in the process of training professionals to support students in tertiary institutions.
He added that ‘Techminds’ would be implemented by state chapters in collaboration with the ministry responsible for Information Technology development.
“We want the programme to be as practical as possible. Our kids are not interested in lectures.
“They are interested in what they use their hands to do and that is the kind of exposure we want to give them.
“We are going to provide support for pupils who are interested in IT throughout their developmental stages.
“We are going to start and continue to review it and make it better,” he said.
Sodiya further appealed to individuals and corporate organisations to support the younger ones in competing fairly with their international counterparts.
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