JCI Ikeja, Lagos Central Mosque train 18 Youths In Programming/Coding
As part of its commitment to youth development and empowerment, the Junior Chamber International, Ikeja Local Chapter through its Tech Academy has trained 18 youths drawn from secondary schools in Lagos.
The Tech Academy, according to the 2018 Local President, Ligali Oluwatosin, is a programming/coding bootcamp for students within the ages of 13 – 17 to teach the basics of coding through real-world, hands-on software development training for one month.
Speaking to The Guardian, Ligali said the four-weekend training programme is with the objective of promoting technology and designed to provide activities and projects for rising secondary school students in Lagos State.
He said, “As an organisation, through our Tech Academy DIViT 2018 initiative, we are looking art what we can do in our own sphere to add technological value to the Nigerian society. Our focus is on increasing technology skills among young people with an early introduction to technology TEKS and STEM.”
“The academy introduces them to different fields of technology and promoting technology as a potential career path. Students were made to attend project-based sessions that include problem-solving, research and communication, and technology skills,” he added.
Commending the JCI Ikaja for the initiative, Director of Studies, Lagos Central Mosque Vocational Institute, Alhaji Kasumu Abdullahi Olalekan, stated that it is a welcome development, adding that it is in awareness of information technology in the world that made the Lagos Central Mosque embark information technology education, and necessitated the set of a computer lab within the mosque.
Also speaking to The Guardian at the event, the National President, JCI Nigeria, Adeniran Rasheed Balogun, stated that everyday the organization live its vision of providing development opportunities for young people to effect a change.
“We look within our communities to see areas where we can provide solutions to issues. Today, at the Tech Academy DIViT 2018, we have identified a group of young people and we have empowered them with IT skills to make them better people, to provide solutions to our everyday problems.”
According to him, the JCI in 2018 is pushing projects in the area of environment, active citizenship, which looks at how every young person can become an active citizen and member of the community.
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