By Dayo Adesulu
It is a common knowledge that Information Communication Technology (ICT) has revolutionised the everyday life of individuals and organisations. As affirmed by the United Nations in its 2008 report ( Global Information Society: A Statistical View), ICT has become so important in ushering the much needed development in third world countries. It is widely believed that what constitutes nation’s wealth is gradually shifting from the possession of abundant mineral resources to technological capacity.
The silver medal won by participants from the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) at the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) competition recently held in Kazakhstan, has brought to the fore the giant strides of Turkish Colleges in technological innovations The massive social and economic transformation that now hold sway in Asian Tigers; Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, are not unconnected with the emphasis on education that is centred on technology advancement.
Large number of research findings that have provided evidence to collaborate this perspective have ignited sparks of optimism for many developing countries. Although the federal government continue to restate its resolve to accord more prominence to sciences and computer education, especially at the primary and secondary school level, many students still find it difficult to operate a simple computer system while some who are computer literate often faced the challenge of dearth of facilities.
However, determined to boost science education and enhance the potentials of Nigerian students in ICT, the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC), which parade state of the art facilities in its computer laboratories spread across the sixteen branches in the country, continue to ignite hope for Nigeria in technological inventions.
Known for its various academic exploits both in local and international academic competitions, the Turkish Colleges added another feather to its cap recently as students from its Abuja Co-education branch won the silver medal at the fourth edition of the Infomatrix – Asia / Pacific ICT competition, held in Kazakhstan from 8st to 11thApril, 2015. The competition, which was organised by Suleyman Demirel University, Ministry of Education and Commission for Science and Technology, Kazakhstan, is an international contest that showcases technological inventions made possible by secondary schools.
The coming into force of the international competition few years ago continue to encourage students to apply their academic knowledge, their passion, and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world today. Apart from promoting academic excellence, this year’s edition, which attracted 315 students from 19 countries, also serves as an avenue to promote intercultural dialogue and cooperation, through the involvement of students and teachers from many different countries.
Speaking on the exploits of the Turkish colleges team that won Nigeria silver medal in the international competition, the Head of Computer and Institutional Technologies of the school, Mr. Erkan Yildirim, who led the team to the fast growing international competition, said the contest was divided into five categories; screen, while