Vodacom seeks early exposure of kids to ICT

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Vodacom Business Nigeria has stressed the need to expose kids to new trends, such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the information communication technology (ICT).

The firm organised a robotics training for 36 pupils of S.S. Peter & Paul Nursery and Primary School, Ikate, Elegushi, Lagos.

The school is run by Loving Gaze, an independent non-profit organisation, which serves the underprivileged communities in the state. The pupils, aged between eight and 10, through a practical course on robotics, were given the opportunity to learn about the integration of IoT in robotics and its growing relevance in various areas of modern life.

The pupils were taught how to build, programme and control robots, drones and other AI innovations. This demonstrated the essential nature of technology in various aspects of everyday life, including securing lives and property. As a practical demonstration of this, students were shown how drones could be used for a wide range of services in today’s world. This includes the delivery of medication and lifesaving supplies to remote locations in emergency situations, which is already happening in some locations around the world. They were also given a tour of the company’s facilities, exposing them to the importance of connectivity and telecommunications technology in today’s digital world.

Senior Manager, Product Portfolio, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Abu Etu, said: “As part of our commitment to empower the next generation in Nigeria through ICT, Vodacom believes that it is important to promote training for pupils at the primary level of education. This will prepare them from the early stages of their lives for the post-digital age, which will demand technical knowledge and skills.”

General Manager, Loving Gaze, Barbara Pepoli, said: “We are excited that our pupils had the opportunity to learn new things beyond the walls of the classroom. Getting children interested in technology is very important for our school and this field trip is a great way to make technology come to life for our pupils.”

Vodacom Business Nigeria constantly uses industrial tours and field trips to educate students from primary, secondary and tertiary schools on new telecommunications technologies that are driving the economy.

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