Command Day Secondary School (CDSS) Science and Technology Week
The youth will create the future! The signs were self-evident during the Science and Technology (S&T) Week held recently in October, 2010 by Command Day Secondary School (CDSS), Ikeja, Lagos. JETS (Junior Engineers and Technicians Society organized the youth driven event, under the leadership of Mr Odi, the coordinator of the club.
Though it was a week long event the final day’s proceedings were the major highlights. Participants at this youth Science and Technology event included students and staff of CDSS, Ikeja, students and staff from other schools, inspectors from the Ministry of Defence and staff of Jidaw Systems Limited (Jidaw). Jidaw was invited in view of the key role Jidaw plays in ICT for youth empowerment in Nigeria.
A Rich Affair
Although it was a S&T affair, the final day’s event combined cultural, learning and competitive activities, with quality demonstrations of practical S&T projects to make the event real-life, enlightening and rich in substance.
The event started with opening prayers followed by singing of the National anthem and also the school anthem of CDSS, Ikeja. The Commandant of CDSS, Ikeja, Lt Col A. U Maiunguwa, gave the introductory and welcome remarks. He emphasized the importance of S&T and the need to encourage the youth to embrace S&T because of S&T’s importance in today’s world.
Following the Commandant’s welcome address, CDSS, Ikeja students enchanted the audience with several cultural displays and entertaining acts that reflected the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria. It was interesting, in fact exciting watching these young ones as they connected with the crowd through a mixture of the old and the new.
Inter school quiz between five schools
After the cultural entertainment came the “power the brain” competition. Students from 5 other schools participated in this “high drama” S&T quiz competition. Areas covered during the quiz were Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Competition was intense! Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja however came on tops to emerge champions of the keenly contested competition. Tolulope Oyakhire and Olude Oluwagbotemi both represented Air Force Secondary School. Command Day Secondary School, Ipaja came a close second while Command Day Secondary School, Oshodi came third. The fourth position went to Command Day Secondary School, Ojo, and the fifth position went to Baptist Academy Secondary School.
ICT for youth empowerment
Jide Awe, MD/ Founder of Jidaw Systems, a private IT training and consulting with a strong focus on ICT for Development (ICT4D) engaged the students and other members of the audience on what young people and the education sector need to do to harness the power of ICT. It was hard hitting, provocative and inspiring. He challenged the youth to go beyond consumption of foreign products and services into the creative high points of ICT. He stressed the need to focus on channeling their energies and ideas towards the creation of local solutions to drive change locally and globally. While encouraging the emergence of ICT youth entrepreneurs he noted that “technology has not been settled.” He also spoke on the positive use of the Internet and introduced the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI). The importance of child online protection was stressed. Students, administrators and teachers were urged to come on board the ACCSI train. In his words, “online or offline, the protection of children is everybody’s business”.
The defining moment of the day was the session on presentations by the young inventors. Truly the seeds have been planted and these young people are going places. It was simply out the box creativity.
Some of the Young Inventors and the inventions they demonstrated include: Onu Monday(CDSS Ikeja) (Chargeable DC Source Blender), Joseph Okeh Simon(Head Boy) (Night Diode Display), Precious Ebeleke (CDSS Ojo) (Spy Robot – Security Watch), Felix Elisha (Dynamite Locomotive Sense Robot), Aremu Akintade (DC Vacuum Cleaner), Adigun Ajoke (Bar Soap Production), Umemneku Genesis (DC Circuit Electric Lamp/Battery), Nzekwe Ikechukwu (CDSS Oshodi) (A Wind Powered Car), Ibidunni Oladayo And Adekeye Olamide Alex (CDSS Ipaja) (Artificial Forced Air Crop Dryer), Ogunye Adeyinola (CDSS Ikeja) (Battery Operated Lantern), Damilare Aladetoyinbo (CDSS Ikeja) (House Electricity System), Abuo Micheal (CDSS Ikeja) (Periscope and underground House), Ogunmodede Oluwaseyi (CDSS Ikeja) (Domestic Heater), Olali Chonomso (CDSS Ikeja) (Stuffing Of Animals), Gbadebo Olukayode (CDSS Ikeja) (Simple Model Of Battery Operated Electric Fan) and Ibeh Faith Chinelo (CDSS Ikeja) (Soup preparation/Bunsen Burner).
Calling all Stakeholders
What a day! The future is great! Kudos must be given to the students, the JETS (Junior Engineers and Technicians Society) club and Mr Odi, the coordinator of the club. The CDSS commandant, the Vice Principal, Mrs Obih, the Head of Science Department, Mrs Oladele Ajose, other staff of CDSS, Ikeja as well as students and staff from other participating schools who made it a day to remember must all be commended.
We at Jidaw urge the students and youth of Nigeria to use their brains and talents to shake up the status quo. They should reject the digital slavery of spectatorship and consumption. The youth of Nigeria are not just about entertainment, sports and consumption. Let them put their ideas, fun, excitement and high energy into play to drive growth through ICT and creativity.
We call on all stakeholders to keep encouraging and supporting the young of the land. With your support the youth of Nigeria will fulfill their destinies and bring out the greatness in Nigeria for the whole world to see.
Jidaw’s team wishes the students and staff of Command Day Secondary School (CDSS) more giant strides and fulfillment now and in the future.
Jidaw Systems Limited is the originator of the IT Entrepreneurship Guide series – Success in IT Business programs and a Foremost Authority on IT Career development.
Jidaw promotes the Network of Aspiring & Startup IT Entrepreneurs in Africa (NASITEA), the African Information Security Association (AISA) and the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI).
Report by Kelvin Ighalo and Tunrayo Okunsanya of the Jidaw Team