ByÂ Emma Okonji
In order to further technological development in the education sector and among the next generation, Vodacom Business Nigeria has organised a robotics training session for thirty-six young students from the S.S. Peter & Paul Nursery and Primary School.
Loving Gaze, an independent non-profit organisation that serves the underprivileged communities in Lagos State, runs the school.Â The young students, aged between eight and 10, through a practical course on robotics, were given the opportunity to learn about the integration of the Internet of things (IoT) in robotics and its growing relevance in various areas of modern life.
The students were taught how to build, program and control robots, drones and other artificial intelligence. This demonstrated the essential nature of technology in various aspects of everyday life, including securing lives and property. As a practical demonstration of this, students were shown how drones could be used for a wide range of services in todayâ€™s world. This includes the delivery of medication and lifesaving supplies to remote locations in emergency situations, which is already happening in some locations around the world. They were also given a tour of the companyâ€™s facilities, exposing them to the importance of connectivity and telecommunications technology in todayâ€™s digital world.
Senior Manager, Product Portfolio, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Abu Etu, said: â€œ As part of our commitment to empower the next generation in Nigeria through ICT, Vodacom believes that it is important to promote training for students at the primary level of education. This will prepare them from the early stages of their lives for the post – digital age which will demand technical knowledge and skills.â€
The General Manager of Loving Gaze, Barbara Pepoli, said: â€œWe are excited that our students had the opportunity to learn new things beyond the walls of the classroom. Getting children interested in technology has been very important for our school and this field trip is a great way to make technology come to life for our students.â€
Vodacom Business Nigeria constantly uses industrial tours and field trips to educate students from primary, secondary and tertiary schools on new telecommunications technologies that are driving the economy.