“It is important that we all realize that our eventual success or failure is not solely dependent on environment factors ( Africa ), we are the architects of our own future”
Most of the views of people towards
It always dishearten me whenever I look at the graduates churned out of from the Nigerian universities who still views ICT as just something deserving of no concern. This is not only peculiar to
Femi Omotoso defines Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as “Computers, ancillary equipment software, hardware, services and resources interconnected together to form networks that is used in the automatic acquisition, storage, manipulation, managements, movements control, display, switching, interchange, transmission or reception of data or information:. This definition is not only too technical but capable of blurring our understanding. So I narrow the definition down to Internet and its opportunities. How does the African youths enter the picture?
The African Youths are those young African citizens who are bedeviled by the circumstances of their origin in areas of socio-economic, educational sectors. These sectors have not only produced an underfed youth but have left them depleted through conscious and unconscious attempts by the African system. But then I digress.
In one of my articles entitled Beyond University Degrees Published in a national daily, I recount an experience of my undergraduate days. At 200level, we had to fulfill the university’s demand to go through two computer courses. The motif behind it was “Information and Communication Technology ICT and Computer Application is designed with a view to make the students have deep knowledge of ICT and Computer application”. We went through these courses, theoretically sound but practically dull. We did not see these computer machines face to face. I know some of us could not distinguish the mouse from the monitor yet a great percentage of us passed these courses.
What am I driving at?
Gbenga Sesan, an ICT expert in
Reinforcing this point, my own experience as a writer has proved the fact that ICT is an essential aspect of human lives. As a writer beset with publishing factor in
November 1st is the day set aside for the celebration of African youths. When I watched the Nigerian version on the TV, little emphasis was placed on ICT and I’m not so impressed. The governments of African countries must ensure that those designated Youth Ministries it creates are not for ordinary function but the empowerment of the youths in all ramifications, ICT inclusive.
One way to attain this is to ensure that students are not only equipped theoretical ICT wise but practically through physical contacts with these machines .Of course there should be retraining of teachers in ICT to salvage the ugly tread that cultrate education poses.
As well, the African youths as an entity should change her attitude towards his or her countries as even in
Let me then repeat the content of the abstract here. We are the architects of our future. The governments, the non-government organizations, the youth should rise up to embrace ICT. All hands must be on deck to lift