Young IT Entrepreneur program Command Day Secondary School Ikeja – On June 2, 2011, Jidaw Systems Limited (Jidaw) trained students of Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos on Information Technology (IT) Entrepreneurship as part of its efforts to mark the 2011 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). The whole world depends on IT. It affects the way we learn, work, relate and do business. Entrepreneurship in IT is what has led to most of today’s innovation. Jidaw therefore provides such programs to get children, who are future leaders, exposed at an early age to IT entrepreneurship and related issues.
WTISD is a day set aside every year to promote IT awareness and development for the overall society by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja participated actively in the 2009 and 2010 WTISD events organized by Jidaw which were globally recognized. The 2009 WTISD event led to the creation of the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI). Integral to all Jidaw’s WTISD programs is the concept of “Better Life and Security with ICTs for Children”.
The program was held on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at the main hall of the Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos. No event or registration fees were required and the whole event was provided at no cost to the students or the school. Command Day Secondary School provided the hall as well as all facilities used to hold the program successfully.
IT drives innovation, and entrepreneurship plays a major role. Job security is dead, rising graduate unemployment has become the norm. And traditional solutions are not stemming the growth of poverty in the rural and urban areas. ICT consumption is growing but local content and creativity is lagging behind. In view of the implications for the future, the IT Entrepreneur for Children is one of safety initiative programmes designed by Jidaw for schools in the use of technology in the education sector. The IT Entrepreneur for Children has also been held for students of Grange School.
The first session informed the students about the importance of ICT in the society and areas of high demand. The WTISD 2011 theme is “Better life in rural communities with ICTs” and so this session focused on WTISD, ICT in the rural communities and how children in the rural areas are affected and possible solutions. Students were enlightened on the concept of “Better Life and Security with ICTs for Children” and the importance of the African Children Cyber Safety Initiative (ACCSI). To demonstrate important IT skills in a high demand area, a practical session was conducted on Operating System installation. The main highlight of the program was the IT entrepreneur session which focused on the importance of IT entrepreneurship and the principles of IT entrepreneurship. After the learning sessions, a brainstorming, interactive session was held with students. With students expressing their opinions this exciting part of the program provoked new ideas, cleared misconceptions and included questions, answers and thoughts on ICT in rural areas, practical IT entrepreneur opportunities, challenges, idea generation, etc.
Jidaw Systems Limited is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) career and entrepreneurship development firm. Jidaw is a corporate member of the Nigeria Computer Society and presently serves as the African Information Security Association (AISA) secretariat. Over the years Jidaw has held several Online protection, Children Security and IT Entrepreneurship training programs and events for children and schools in Nigeria.
By taking part in this IT program, Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja is exposing the children to the reality of IT entrepreneurship while at the same time promoting entrepreneurship thinking. The program aims to equip children to meet challenges, seize future opportunities and create new avenues for innovation in Nigeria. It is about creating a better future through the empowerment of the children and youth of Nigeria.
Feedback from Students
Onwuzunke Stephen Ifeanyi: “It is very educative, conversational and interesting My expectations were very low. I thought the program was going to be a boring question and answer program. I am satisfied with the aspect where they spoke on ideas, professionalism and web designing. I will try out the new ideas I learnt from this program and share my knowledge with my other colleagues. It is one that happens only in a blue moon; very interactive and conversational program and should be held more often”.
Ogunkelu Taiwo Michael: “It was a nice program, that makes us (the student) learn more and create new ideas. I want to start blogging and make use of my ideas. This program is educational and very interesting. Thank you for teaching more about ICT”.
Olawuyi Temitayo Hameenat: “It is a nice and educative program that taught me things I don’t know. I was particularly satisfied with Entrepreneurship and ICT. I now know more about entrepreneurship principles. All students should come and learn more. It doesn’t matter which class you are in, whether you are in science, commercial or art.”
Sulaiman Khadijat Bouqui: “It is a good and informative program because it is creates awareness on IT and encourages young people not only to be consumers but to be producers. I have benefitted. The messages were educative. I will use ICT to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. I will spread the awareness of IT. It is a good and informative program that should keep it up and also spread the awareness to the society.”
Umeche Hillary Chidubem: “It is an educative program that teaches us the qualities of an entrepreneur and also what to look for in future. I will go out and educate the less privilege ones of what I have learnt. This program is very educative and interactive and should be held more often”.
We appreciate the interest and encouraging participation of all children who attended. These young people will create a better tomorrow and fulfill their potential.
Let’s create a sustainable tomorrow
We are all stakeholders in the future. Get involved – Engage, Contribute, Volunteer, Support, Sponsor – and prepare children and young people for a better future and security with ICT. Stakeholders need to move beyond interest to commitment and support. Strong support is required from schools and sponsors in all sectors. Jidaw cannot do it alone.
Kudos to Mr. Odi, Coordinator, JETS club and the Commandant of the Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos for making this program a reality. We commend your efforts at developing the children of Nigeria for a better future. Your efforts will not be in vain. We laud parents who supported their children in achieving this feat. We urge other parents to emulate these pacesetters.
Jidaw’s team looks forward to a more fruitful relationship with Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos 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.”
ACCSI ….. promoting a safe Computer, ICT and Internet culture among children and young people in Africa
“We all need to be involved in preparing children and young people for a better future with ICT and in their protection online.”