Lonadek partners with AYDEC in engaging her contacts/relevant authorities to facilitate required endorsements/organization for the ICDL trainings across the Institutions in FCT Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos State of Nigeria.
Plans to train Over 12,000 Youths and Teachers by 2021
A Non-Governmental Organisation, African Youth for Development Commission (AYDEC), has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the engineering, technology and innovation solutions company, Lonadek Nigeria Limited, on International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Training across Nigeria.
ICDL, an international qualification, is the most widely recognised computer qualification in the world, with over 3 million people in over 100 countries in acquisition of the qualification.
It enables the holders demonstrate their competence in the use of computer applications.
ICDL has been officially approved by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education as a means to upgrade the Nigerian education sector and as a standard of digital literacy for the Ministry of Education Employees, but trainings are yet to be followed through by the appropriate bodies, and that is the main reason for this partnership.
According to the Country Representative, AYDEC, Mr Lateef Oladimeji Salaam, this partnership is recognition of Lonadek’s core value associated with Digital Skills development standards in the country, and the collaboration would serve the benefit of providing a recognized International End User Computer Skills Certification Program to the trainees.
Lonadek is one of the five companies certified to train on ICDL in Nigeria, and the partnership would be the first ICDL partnership involving a youth-based NGO.
The MoA document revealed that the training would be focused on youths and teachers, within the age range of 13 and above and is targeted to train a minimum of 1000 persons each, in 12 states.
The Principal Consultant, Lonadek, Dr Ibilola Amao, explained that the partnership gives Lonadek another platform to carry out its goals of youth empowerment and development in the ICT sector. She reiterated that the project, which would be a diversity focused and neutral project, would improve digital literacy in the country and help its citizens get better prepared for the future.
The trainees, apart from being digitally literate, would be internationally certified by 2021. This would fast track the integration of ICT education in Nigeria and position the trainees to be at par with their contemporaries in other parts of the globe.
It is expected that by the end of the 2-Year MoA, over 12,000 teachers and youths across Nigeria would have been trained, qualified and certified in ICT knowledge and skills which would improve smart classroom activities and promote youth development in the country.
The Lonadek Vision 2020 project, which aims to impact youths in the area of STEM, with a target of 100,000 youths by 2020, is currently at a mark of about 85,000 youths reached. This partnership would help boost the project to meet and surpass the set mark come 2020.
“This unique partnership will birth a new ICT informed generation towards achieving the Africa we want,” said Mr Lateef.
This project which is expected to kick off in a couple of months after the necessary engagements have been completed, would start with Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt, then other states would follow.