With the aim of actualizing a sustainable digital economy through digital inclusion, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Center for Information and Technology Development (CITAD) , commissioned the School of Network Community (SCN) initiative with a view to connecting people from different communities and promoting internet access, especially in rural areas across the country.
NITDA Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, revealed that 50 of the 200 participants in the ongoing Community School Network (SCN) project will receive advanced computer diplomas in 10 communities in 10 states.
Inuwa, who was represented by the Deputy Director of Digital Economy Development Department, Mr. Preye Itonyo, made this known during the virtual opening ceremony of the second phase of the School of Community Network (SCN) project. implemented by NITDA in collaboration with CITAD.
He said: “This training, starting today, will run for a period of 3 weeks. The first 2 weeks will be dedicated to training in the basics of IT and at the end you will all receive certificates in IT”.
“Thereafter, you will all be screened and the top 50 participants from all selected communities will be shortlisted to participate in the advanced class which will end in week three.”
“This means that only five of you within each community will be shortlisted for the advanced class. Upon completion of the advanced course, all participants will receive a diploma in advanced computing,” Inuwa explained.
He added that the second phase of this project is a continuation of the first phase and that the trainees who were trained during the first phase will transfer their knowledge to 20 participants in 10 communities across 10 different states.
The project which is taking place in the states of Kano, Jigawa, Kwara, Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Bauchi, Borno, Kastina and Gombe will have around 360 people trained in one month.
According to the DG, “the very essence of this project is to provide you all with relevant digital literacy and skills to build and maintain computer networks within your communities”.
He affirmed that this will help to improve broadband and information access in their various communities and will also help to bridge the digital divide between their communities and urban areas; given that broadband penetration in Nigeria stands at 44.5%.
For his part, the Executive Director, CITAD, Engr YZ Ya’u, during his speech, said that the training comes within the framework of promoting digital inclusion, noting that after the training, the participants will be able to join millions of people who work online and can use the internet for a variety of purposes, including advanced skills that can make them not only employable, but also employers of labor.
“Our hope is not just that you learn, but that you use everything you learn,” Engr Ya’u said.
The SCN project will also help prepare the citizens of these communities for the fourth industrial revolution which will be driven by digital technology and digital skills.