There is great need to invade the African rural communities with the recent development in technology. Skills and talents abound in these areas though some of the rural dwellers have found their ways to the urban region in search of Jobs and better opportunities to improve their wellbeing. These untapped skills and human resources is what has driven a famous tech hub in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria, to launch a program tagged Roothub Tech 101 tagged Create, Engage & Deploy. This program has been on for some years now and according to Tony and Francis Onuk who are the founder of the hub, the program is set to roll again for this year with a huge goal of training 10,000 young people across Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria Niger Delta.
Tech 101 is designed to equip rural residents on various tech skills required to enhance businesses and acquaint participants with the knowledge needed to take advantage of these skills. Last year under the program, young people were camped at the Roothub premises for a period of four weeks where they were trained in various skills area. From ‘inkteractive’ where participants were introduced to hands-on graphic designs, to programming where they used various gadgets in building simple software programs capable of promoting local businesses.
Tech 101 is to help those who could put it to work immediately to make a difference—students, small business owners, youths who were not in education, employment or other training—because businesses with the right digital skills grow faster, creating more jobs and exports, making important contributions to their areas.
Worthy of note is the fact that Unemployment Rate in Nigeria increased to 18.80 percent in the third quarter of 2017 from 16.20 percent in the second quarter of 2017. You can confirm this at (https://tradingeconomics.com/nigeria/unemployment-rate). This training is therefore designed to equip young people in the region to be self-reliant using the various tech skills impacted during the tech 101 sessions. It is delivered using in-person sessions, and is tailored to the most pressing and unique needs of each area; Educational training, Job opportunities, Skills for Business growth, and Career growth.
In preparation for the this year’s line of action for the tech 101 events, The Roothub has won the Google impact challenge Awards which will enable the hub to have grants as well as technical support from the world’s largest search engine – Google, for the success of the program. The Akwa Ibom state government, as part of efforts to create a thriving ecosystem is partnering through AKEES to help this laudable initiative achieve its goal.
Recall earlier this year, we reported how a 15year old Student of Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot-Oku Ikono, made a stunning presentation of a Wireless, Remote Controlled Toy Car, designed and produced by him during the RootHub’s StartConfest. Impressed by his creativity, Elder Ebong who is also the Coordinator of Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme (AKEES), announced a donation of a hundred thousand naira (N100,000.00) for the young boy, allotted him an Office Space at AKEES Secretariat and further placed him under close supervision by AKEES ‘Project Manager, Mr Tony Onuk.
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