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The Computers for Schools Program (C4S) enables Nigerian students to obtain extensive, quality and relevant education in Information Communication Technology (ICT) by providing the schools with dedicated well equipped computer laboratories as well as implementing courses designed to teach technology skills with a focus on the use of technology to enhance the students’ opportunities, productivity, future job readiness and quality of education.

The Foundation is focused on using ICT to change the landscape of education in Nigeria with a core focus on vulnerable Children, the youths, women and law enforcement Agencies. The C4S program is also focused on the provision of Adult literacy through ICT education.

Program Goal: 

To integrate (ICT) into the fabric of the Nigerian education system through the provision of computers and training services.

Program Objectives:

 

  • Empower students with technical skills and improve the standard and method of education in secondary schools.
  1. Strengthen institutions and create opportunities for marginalized, underprivileged and disadvantaged children in Nigeria.
  2. Promote entrepreneurship and employment of the youth.
  3. Promote partnerships between youth organizations and the local government and promote gender main streaming in urban youth development.
  4. Work towards Nigeria achieving its Millennium Development Goals (Goal 8, Target 18) in the area of ICT.

 

Program Methodology: Computer Aid International supplies MMF with high quality high specification refurbished computers at a subsidized rate. MMF then partners with local community secondary schools that have been identified as marginalized and less privileged to develop dedicated computer laboratories in the schools.

 

The C4S program consists of the following stages:

 

Stage 1 – Procurement

Stage 2- Implementation

Stage 3- Teacher Training

Stage 4-  Student training & Inter school ICT competition

Stage 6 – Monitoring & Assessment

 

Program Guidelines:
 
The partner beneficiary organization being a public or community owned secondary school must show commitment to the program by providing a dedicated building that will house the computers as well as desks and were required alternative source of power supply to power the computers. When this prove too difficult, the Foundation subsidizes some of the amenities and has called on the goodwill of the Local Governments and State Governments in which the schools are based as well as private sector partners to assist with the provision of these basic tools, to ensure functional computer laboratories.

 

ICT educational softwares are also installed on the computers provided to these schools with the aim of teaching the students and teachers life and digital literacy skills.

 

Monitoring & Evaluation:

 

  • Student performance: An assessment of access by students and usage of computers as well as the pass rate will indicate overall projects impact on the students
  • Teacher performance: Students will fill out a questionnaire on teachers’ performance. Students pass rate and the questionnaire will serve as an overall measure of the teachers performance.

Benefits of ICT integration into the education system of Nigeria:

  1. Translates into increase of the student’s knowledge of computers and other ICT facilities.
  2. Sustains economic development, productivity, and per-capita income.
  3. In schools where new technologies are used, students have access to tools that adjust to their attention span and provide valuable and immediate feedback for literacy enhancement.
  4. It leads to enriched lives.
  5. It is a tool for wealth creation.

 

Challenge with ICT Development in Nigeria:

  1.  Lack of sound policy framework and support strategies.
  2. Poor link between academia and the industry.
  3. Lack of ICT skills by most teachers (especially subject teachers).
  4. Absence of integration and interaction across the Nigerian institutions.
  5. Absence of good infrastructural development.
  6. Insecurity in the nation.