Joel Ogunsola’s Tech4Dev partners with Microsoft on Youths’ Digital Skills Acquisition
Technology has become the bedrock of economic and infrastructural development in many nations of the world. Nigeria is not left as the new oil seems the be technology. Over the years we have seen a new crop of companies embrace technology. One of such organization is Tech4Dev, an initiative to help Nigerians learn tech skills.
According to the Executive Director, Tech4Dev, Joel Ogunsola, “the initiative is an experiential learning programme supported by Microsoft with the aim of helping young individuals in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions acquire foundational digital skills, a move which has become necessary in order to equip young minds with the requisite skills for the knowledge-based future that is the reality of the 21st century.”
Ogunsola noted that the initiative was a result of Tech4Dev and Microsoft’s mission to solve the world’s biggest problems through technology. “We are making ample investment in digital skills education over the decade through support from Microsoft Philanthropy to train the next generation of young individuals looking to be part of the fourth industrial revolution as well as adults who very much need the skills to fully benefit from new opportunities being presented by the fourth industrial revolution”.
The official launch event of the initiative was held in Lagos and had in attendance, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko (Former Executive Governor of Ondo State), Akin Banuso (General Manager, Microsoft Nigeria), amongst others.
Basic Digital Education Initiative (BDEI), an Initiative of Tech4Dev supported by Microsoft. BDEI seeks to train 5,000 digital skill trainers who will, in turn, be empowered to train 500,000 young people on digital skills in Nigeria. The training would take place offline, and those taught would be supplied with teaching aids to teach others. They will carry out this training in schools and communities within their states. The curriculum cuts across Introduction to computer, productivity tools and workplace essentials, big data and cloud technologies, cybersecurity and digital lifestyles.
As part of ensuring this initiative gets the right attention and reach in Nigeria, Tech4Dev would be partnering with the office of the Vice President as well as other national and local partners.