US envoy urge students to utilise ICT for capacity development

Secondary school students in Osun State have been charged to explore the abundant opportunities inherent in Information Communication Technology (ICT) to advance their educational pursuit and individual capacity development.

The United States Cultural Affairs Officer, Mr Kevin Krapt, gave the charge at the Seventh Day High School, Ede, during the presentation of certificates to pupils who had concluded training in computer application, code and programming.

Krapt maintained that ICT is one the means through which students can showcase their talents and skills and that through it, students can acquire knowledge easier and become more useful to the society.

He said, “This is inspiring. I am proud you understand that you are all shining stars. This is one of the areas where you can show your talents. There are many opportunities you can explore this year. Part of my responsibilities in Nigeria, especially what is being done today, is to support this kind of programme by our exchange alumni.

“The benefit of this kind of programme is that they (students) are now computer-literate and they can make up vocations and potential employments; they can build this knowledge of coding to find more worthy things.”

In his remark, the president, US Exchange Programme Alumni, Osun State, Mr Femi Adefila, thanked the US government’s grants which the members of the alumni enjoyed during the exchange programme, adding that the opportunities accruable to members encouraged them to organise the computer training for students so that they impact positively on their immediate environment and the society at large.

Adefila stated, “the government should be able,e to bring this kind of thing (and give pupils) that opportunity. Apart from sharpening their skills in coding, we also believe we should decode the venues of social inclusion, self-esteem and enhance educational concept”.

“We started about eight weeks ago and the students have been doing wonderfully well. The first one took place at Government High School, Osogbo between May and July. Students acquired enough skills; they developed computer application in educational management.”



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