Vodacom’s commitment to grooming a crop of young Nigerians that will grow up to be technologically savvy and innovative came to the fore as the company organized a training session on robotics for primary school students.
The company said the gesture was to further technological development in the education sector and among the next generation of youths.
The training was organized for thirty-six (36) young students from the S.S. Peter & Paul Nursery and Primary School, aged between 8 and 10, through a practical course on robotics. They were given the opportunity to learn about the integration of the Internet of things (IoT) in robotics and its growing relevance in various areas of modern life.
While receiving the students, Senior Manager, Product Portfolio, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Abu Etu reiterated the company’s commitment to building technological skills: “As part of our commitment to empower the next generation in Nigeria through ICT, Vodacom believes that it is important to promote training for students 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.”
The students were taught how to build, program and control robots, drones and other artificial intelligence. 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.
The General Manager of Loving Gaze, the independent non-profit organisation that runs the school,
Barbara Pepoli, said; “We are excited that our students had the opportunity to learn new things beyond the walls of the classroom. Getting children interested in technology has been very important for our school and this field trip is a great way to make technology come to life for our students”.
Loving Gaze is an NGO that serves the underprivileged communities in Lagos State.
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. The company has been in partnership with eBusiness Life Communications Limited in the campaign to raise young girls who will consider careers in ICT, under the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) initiated Girls in ICT Day Celebration.