Government should encourage youths in ICT early
Vodacom Business Nigeria, as a demonstration of its commitment to boosting girls’ interest in ICT organised an App Development Competition in commemoration of the Girls in ICT Day celebration among secondary schools in Lagos State. Two students from Clemmy High School won the competition. One of them is Miss Peace Agboola whose app, Talk to Me addresses the challenges of the visually impaired members of the society.
She shares her experience with KOKUMO GOODIE in a telephone conversation in Lagos.
Can you tell your story in brief?
My name is Peace Peace Agboola, 11 years old. I am a Senior Secondary School (SS2) student of Clemmy High School, Agodo-Egbe, Lagos.
Which state are you from?
I’m from Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State.
At what age did you get exposed to computers?
I will not say I actually got exposed information communication (ICT) tools early in life.
At 11, I cannot say I got exposed to ICT very early because these days, with the mobile phone all over the place, younger kids get exposed to ICT because the mobile phone has a key pad too which you use to type electronic messages and text messages too. But all the same, I will say I was exposed to computer at very early age because there several others of my age that have not touched a computer.
What motivated you to write that application?
Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to do something for people around me especially the poor because I have had some experiences so I just wanted to do something to benefit my society.
I have seen some poor blind children that could not go to school because their parents could not afford the cost of paying their fees at special schools. So I told myself that I will dedicate my time to be part of the solution to their problem. That was how the idea came and I started work on it. So I thought of doing something around making blind people to also make use of the internet. That was how the app came about.
The app is called: "Talk to me" and it reads out loud text on a mobile device by waving the device with your hands.
How long did it take you to write the application?
Like two and a half weeks because I went through some learning.
Do you have computers or ICT tools in your school?
Did you have anyone that mentored you?
Yes. I received encouragement and mentorship from my counsellor in school. My counselor in school provided the mentorship and after a few trials, I came up with the app
What do you think the government can do to help people like you develop your ideas?
Government can assist students that have shown exceptional passion by giving them the opportunity to express themselves, providing the infrastructure and paying teachers well so that teaching becomes attractive. Since ICT is the way to go, the government should assist students to pursue their ambition. Students who show special interest in doing something should be encouraged to grow and do it well.
The government should also give special trainings for young people that have the passion and ideas like me to develop our inner potentials.
What is your ambition in life?
My ambition is to become a pharmacist.
Why did choose pharmacy?
I chose to become a pharmacist in order to assist poor people.