In a bid to encourage digital inclusion in the country, Lagos based social enterprise, Paradigm Initiative has donated 47 computer sets to eight secondary schools across Nigeria.
The organisation said it is dedicated to improving the livelihoods of young people by providing them with “ICT-enabled” support system.
A press statement signed by the communications officer, Sodiq Alabi, said the donation of computer systems to schools forms part of the organisation’s strategy at bridging the digital divide in the country.
According to the organisation, the beneficiaries include: El-Leonora College, Umbrella High School and Soland Int’l School, all based in Ajegunle, Lagos State. Others are Al-fijr International School, Zaifat Secondary School, ECWA Aro Restoration School and Hameedah Secondary School, all based in Kano State. New World Secondary School, Aba, Abia State also got some of the computers.
Speaking also on the development, Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Inclusion Programme Manager Tosin Abolaji said, “We recently scaled our digital inclusion programme to schools and one of the things we discovered is the inadequacy of computer systems for the training. So we decided to donate 90 desktop computers to schools that have demonstrated interest in practical digital skills training. We are in the process of identifying more schools that would benefit from this intervention.”
Principal of Al-fijr International School Kano, one of the beneficiary schools, Mallam Kazeem Zakari, said, “The donation of computer sets to our school is most commendable. We really appreciate the gesture and we are very happy because these systems will make our computer practical session easier.”
The organisation said it also runs a free digital inclusion programme known as LIFE, in three under-served communities in Aba, Ajegunle and Dakata, through which it provided free ICT and entrepreneurship training to over 600 youths in 2017 alone.
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