ByÂ Prince Osuagwu
The ict revolution which Managing Director of a Lagos based Information Technology training centre, New Horizons, Mr Tim Akano, plans to stoke through young Nigerians in primary and secondary schools, recorded tremendous progress recently.
This is as his partnership with a Lagos based private secondary school, Quensland Academy, produced about 10 young Microsoft Certified Proffesionals, MCPs, in an exam that have defied even the adults.
Showcasing the young professionals at a press conference in Lagos recently, Akano said although the feat was not surprising to him going by the quality of tutorials the students got before going into the exams, it was however commendable that students within their age brackets could achieve such feat He expressed confidence that if they continued in that direction, the sky was would just be their starting point.
The young MCPs who were between the ages of 12, 13 and 14 told the public that though the exams were tough, they knew they were going to do well because they had been inbued with the right techniques and confidence necessary to sit and pass exams of that magnitude.
When Vanguard later corneredÂ Akano on how he wove this strategy of raising skilled youths, he said that his company decided to take its trainings to young Nigerians that are still in schools through partnership with school owners using an intensive IT training programme. â€œThe programme offers the kind of IT training that will challenge students into creativity and designing of things by themselvesâ€ he added.
He listed other private schools that have accepted the richness and intensiveness of the training package and also have produced certified ICT professionals as Doregos Academy, Jelilas, CTC private Schools among others in Lagos State and Christ Ambassador International school, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The ICT Partnership programme he said, has produced well over 50 Microsoft Certified Professionals within the age brackets of 12 to 16 years in the last five months.
He said that the achievement of these Queensland Academy students among other who achieved similar feat in the past has proven that the ICT Revolution New Horizon was pioneering and the re-branding efforts of the Ministry of Information and Communications was not only workable but can yield quick, positive result.
Also speaking on the achievement of the ten MCPs, an obviously elated omember Board of Governors of the school, Mr. Akinlola Akinyelu said that the result was an evidence of the schoolâ€™s poise to raise distinguished tomorrowâ€™s leaders for our great country Nigeria.
With the skill acquired from this certification, the ten young MCPs now stand the chance of setting off early in life with regards to ICT. They can secure many high paying holiday jobs as System Administrators, Helpdesk Support Analysts orÂ System Engineers later in future as they develop their skills.