By Emmanuel Elebeke
The partnership between New Horizons Systems and Vivian Fowler Memorial Girls College, sealed six months ago has yielded fruits. As a result, six young pupils have become proficient in the use of Microsoft Office PowerPoint, with one of them becoming the youngest Microsoft Office Specialist in PowerPoint in Africa. That was just six months after the school replaced its former ICT training partner with New Horizons.
Tomiwa Famadewa, a nine-year old girl and the youngest emerged the best among the six students that sat for the examination on 6th April. Scoring 80% in the test, she thus became the Youngest Microsoft Office Specialist in PowerPoint (MOS). The other five IT whiz kids are: Ikeurowo Temitayo, KinfeosiOluwa Akinnibisagba, Fagbemi IreOluwa, Odeniyi Funmilayo and Nwadike Chidera. With this feat, Viavian Fowler schools has joined the league of schools in Africa that have produced youngest ICT professionals.
Director of the Vivian Fowler group of schools, Mrs. Fowler said “as a result of ICT partnership with New Horizons, the students have developed diverse interest in Information Technology and equipped themselves with adequate skills that will help them succeed in the future.
She said the institution’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 the world at large. All the students of the school are now offered IT certification based courses, with the girls having the opportunity to get certified in a minimum of three IT courses before graduation.
“I do not regret the school’s partnership with New Horizons Systems Solutions Limited,” she stated and urged other school owners to embrace and implement ICT training through partnership with world class IT organizations.
The six certified students who were very happy and proud to have passed the examination for becoming the youngest Microsoft Office Specialist (PowerPoint) in Africa, admitted that they had studied very hard to attain the feat.
“At first we were scared of sitting for an international examination but after a few minutes we were able to overcome the fear .
“We give thanks to Almighty God and our parents for the support and encouragement given to us throughout the examination.” said Desiree Nwadike.
Also speaking on the partnership, the MD/CEO of New Horizons Mr. Tim Akano said the objective of the program was to change the face of information technology education in the country, by providing the latest infrastructure for primary and secondary schools, which will in turn develop innovative technology ideas that can change the nation’s economy. Quoting from a recent world economic report on demography of the working class, he said “Nigeria will in the next 10 years become one of the computer outsourcing countries” of the world, not China and Japan. He further advised government to focus on ICT and accord it a pride of place, while placing less emphasis on oil, since it is a non-renewable resource. He urged Nigerians to leverage on ICT to actualize their full potentials.
“If students can start at this young age and performing wonders, it means Nigeria can produce the next Bill Gates, he opined.
New Horizons has recorded over 150 International Certified ICT Professionals from top rated ICT driven schools in Lagos such as Doregos Academy, Dansol School, Queensland Academy and Bethany hall with students within the age brackets of 7-13 years.