By Emmanuel Elebeke
Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, has become the first secondary school oracle Academy in Nigeria and indeed West Africa.
Speaking on the adoption, the Proprietress, Chief (Mrs.) Fowler Vivian said that, her mission is to offer the highest quality education to her students especially in the area of Information and communication technology and sciences which will help them to excel in all round education and bring about positive development to the country.
To this end, the Proprietress said that the school had replaced its former IT partner with New Horizons, as its ICT education provider, with a view to leveraging on the global strengths and experience in ICT certification to its students.
Mrs. Fowler stated further that “the college’s desire is to develop in her girls the basic qualities of independence, initiative and confidence that will enable them succeed in life and contribute positively to the community, nation and world at large, saying that all the students in the school now offer IT certification based courses which is expected to set them apart and ahead of their colleagues, and help them to develop software and compete globally especially in area of professionalism in ICT.
With the Oracle Academy training and certification, Mrs. Fowle said that the students of the school are expected to get local and international vacation jobs in Banks, Telecoms, Oil and Gas industries where 100% of the operation and programmes are Oracle Enterprise based Business applications, adding that with the introduction of ICT and Oracle Academy in the School, many of the students would be well groomed for future challenges as they graduate out of the school into universities and ultimately into the Labour market with the required skill sets.
Students at The Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls are expected to complete the Oracle Academy: ICSB courses armed with database, Java, business and communications skills that enhance their competitive advantage to achieve future academic and professional goals.
The courses on offer are Database Design & Programming; a course that trains students to transform business requirements into operational databases using structured query language (SQL); with Java Programming on offer as a second option which requires the former as a prerequisite.
This course according to the school head provides an understanding of Object Oriented Programming, basic Java and simple applets that include code reusability, data encapsulation, dynamically downloadable, architecturally neutral and platform-independent programme units.
“It is a well known fact that the integration of ICT in education is a complex innovation. This innovation is influenced by different actors and factors on different levels: class level, school level and even national level. For most school owners and administrators, most of the variables are situated at class level: Pupils’ behaviour, teachers’ behaviour, content, and infrastructure. Little is known about the role of the management,” she stated.
On the partnership with New Horizons, the management of the school has demonstrated that only the best quality of IT Training service will suffice for their wards; and that it is ready to give what it takes to place the school at a vantage position globally.
New Horizons is a US based IT and business skills training institution and the first IT company in Nigeria to integrate Certification Based ICT training into Primary, Secondary and University curricula and produced the Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional and Security Professional in the world with more than 150 IT certified Professionals in Microsoft, Adobe and EC-Council courses.
The Managing Director New Horizons; Mr. Tim Akano in his remarks applauded the brave step taken by the school to partner the IT training company to provide quality ICT Education to the Students.
He assured that the school will be the first to produce students with Oracle Certified Professionals and have 4 International IT Certifications (Microsoft, Adobe, Sun Java and CompTIA) before leaving the school. This he said will help them to compete globally with their counterpart and position the School to be the No.1 IT driven school in the Country and World.
“New Horizons has taken that initiative to support all schools by providing Standard IT Education to the students to help the country grow and bring development to the nation.
In Europe and America, it is know that starting early in life is what can transform an economy. Schools need to offer world class ICT education to her students not putting the future of their students danger,” he noted..
He described Information Technology as IT Vendors driven not by singular effort but by strategic alliance with Microsoft, Oracle, Certiport, Adobe, CompTIA and others.
“The future of the economy is not in the oil economy but in the Knowledge economy. The knowledge gained from ICT has critically helped to build the economy and will still do more,” he added.