Jidaw Systems Limited has trained Grange School students at the First Ever Information Technology Entrepreneur program for Children. The unique event was held recently in Lagos, Nigeria. It can be described as a massive disruption of status quo. During the month of October 2010, Jidaw Systems Limited (Mastercomputers) partnered with Grange school to successfully conduct IT entrepreneurship training for several students of Grange school. Another program will take place for Command Day Secondary School in June 2011.
It proved to be quite an uncommon experience. Unlike typical digital literacy training for school students, the program designed by Grange and Jidaw, combined the imparting IT entrepreneurial concepts with practical IT activities for children and youth. Job security is dead. Entrepreneurship, especially IT entrepreneurship, needs to be promoted nationwide. We ALL need to develop important Entrepreneur skills to handle challenges, create opportunities and manage risks profitably. Risk takers disrespect status quo, drive change and ensure progress.
And to be effective entrepreneurial learning must start with children in primary and secondary schools. The Jidaw-Grange engagement is a move towards exposing young minds to the reality of entrepreneurship. It’s time that the educational sector embraces and promotes entrepreneurship as a viable career option. The unique and first ever IT entrepreneurship program developed by Grange and Jidaw for Grange school students is an initiative promoting youth and IT entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
Training delivered covered the fundamentals of technical support and IT entrepreneurship. Classes were focused, effective and purpose driven. And of course the engagement and energy of students was impressive.
Richard Mba, Jidaw’s Tech support and network officer was the lead facilitator. Under his guidance, using his highly effective “learn-by-doing” approach students learnt specific “take-home” knowledge and skills in technical support. Starting with how to identify PC hardware, peripherals and networking components, the classes covered computer assembly and operating system installation. Training was practical and what was amazing was the way the young students of Grange school opened their minds and utilized this new skills and knowledge. They grabbed the opportunity with both hands!
Jide Awe, Founder of Jidaw.com covered IT entrepreneurship fundamentals. He discussed the importance of entrepreneurship with a special focus of the role of IT entrepreneurship in today’s knowledge society. While emphasizing the importance of risk taking and innovation, he noted that “every IT tool we use, every IT service we consume has a mother and father who took risks.” His discussions included opportunities in the high demand areas of IT as well as entrepreneur fundamentals such as idea generation, business viability, customer service, marketing, Internet presence and professional ethics. And since it was a program for school children he placed special emphasis on the concept of child online protection, and introduced the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI).
Children are the future. Children will experiment and make mistakes. They need to be protected and guided. We need to do all we can to provide a safe environment for the growth and development of children in today’s digitally driven world. Many are still unaware of the dangers in the online environment. Grange school students were put through the basics of child online protection. Jidaw’s team encouraged them to be part of ACCSI. On their part students promised to involve their parents, guardians and teachers.
It’s always Question Time
The inquisitive nature of the children came to play throughout the training exercise. Every session had full baskets of questions. Some questions include: In which areas of IT can one create a business? How does one make money? What do I need to setup my business?
Students were able to acquire basic skills in software and hardware engineering. They demonstrated their newly acquired skills through practical PC assembly and operating system installation.
The program objective of exposing these young minds to the world of IT entrepreneurship was achieved. They gained invaluable insights into how a business enterprise operates and the importance of core areas such as: idea generation, planning, accounting, management, marketing, team work, people skills, professionalism, etc.
The young are full of energy, always longing for excitement as can be seen from their zest for sports and music. Beyond entertainment, Nigeria and other African countries must find ways of getting African youth to channel their youthful energy into making a difference in the worlds of ideas, innovation and technology. The youth are the change agents of today. Africa’s youth can move mountains and change games. It is essential to foster creativity, local content development, reward merit and ensure the cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset amongst the young of Nigeria and Africa.
With humility, attention to detail and real desire the young of Nigeria through IT entrepreneurship will create the great future of Nigeria.
Feedback indicates that the students found the experience very rewarding. Here are some examples:
Oluwaseun Odibo: “It has shown me how to start a business effectively. The training was effective and productive. I am satisfied with the practicals and most of the talks”
Tolu Taiwo-Ashaju: “It taught me the steps to being a good entrepreneur. It helped me and we will all remember this training”.
Oluwadunsin Wright: “I came because wanted to expand my knowledge, and it seemed like a great opportunity. It has taught me a lot, and has taught me how to be a great entrepreneur. It has inspired me to set goals for my life”.
Tolu Adewale: “I wanted to have more in depth understanding of ICT. I now understand the importance of ICT. It is a good training program. I learnt a lot. I feel accomplished. I was expecting much less than I got. I am impressed”.
Thom Oguntoyinbo: “I am studying Business studies and ICT, so it was a great chance to learn a lot. It has helped me to know what I need to be an entrepreneur using IT”.
Ibironke Ayinoluwa: “It has helped me in business studies. I now know more about entrepreneurship skills. The training was very productive and I like the entrepreneurship part”.
Olohirere Longe: “It has helped me. I learnt what I need to do be a good business person. I am glad I came because I took a lot away”.
We thank all the children who attended. We challenge these pioneers to create their future. May these children fulfill their destinies.
It is everybody’s job
Jidaw started the revolution. But it is not a Jidaw affair. As the African proverb states: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Let’s all get involved and continue to catch and guide them young.
Mr. S. Maduagwu of Grange School deserves commendations for working with Jidaw to make this historic event possible. Thank you, Mr. Maduagwu for your invaluable initiative. May these young ones always appreciate your impact. It is also important to salute the parents who supported their children in achieving this feat. Other parents are encouraged to emulate their worthy examples.
Jidaw’s team looks forward to a more fruitful relationship with Grange School 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).
PRACTICAL IT Entrepreneur skills development programs are developed by Jidaw to boost youth empowerment and ICT for development in Africa.
NASITEA …… developing critical entrepreneurship skills that you need.
“WE ALL NEED Entrepreneurial skills to manage people, build teams, create ideas and serve customers for Profit. WE ALL NEED economic, social and knowledge power.”