Vodacom Pledges Support for Technology Growth

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Vodacom Business Nigeria has reiterated its commitment in ensuring that Nigeria keeps pace with the evolution and growth of telecommunications technologies, through its annual inter-school robotics training workshop for students across nine secondary schools in Lagos.

Speaking at the second edition of Vodacom organised inter-school robotics workshop, which held in Lagos last week, the Managing Director for Vodacom Business Nigeria, Wale Odeyemi said: “As an organisation, our aim is to help empower the next generation, with relevant technical skills in order to drive positive change in the Nigerian economy through the use of communications technologies.”

Odeyemi added: “As the world progresses further into the fourth industrial revolution, there has never been a better time to infuse some much needed Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) training in the education sector through such initiatives as the annual inter-school robotics training initiative. This initiative further demonstrates Vodacom’s support for education at the grass root level to encourage further budding of aspiring youths who are interested in participating in the digital revolution.”

The participating students between the ages of 12 to 15 years, received first hand opportunities to immerse themselves in the complexities that surround the Internet of Things (IoT) and how these will shape society in the near future.

As part of the programme, students were taught how to build, program, and control various kinds of robots which are being used to perform numerous functions in today’s world. This demonstrated the essential use cases of such technologies in everyday life, ranging from manufacturing to transportation, as far as even securing lives and property.

The workshop provided participants the opportunity to explore various ways in which technology is shaping the world around them. The training covered areas such as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Iternet of Things (IOT) and Virtual Reality (VR). The students were also equipped with useful mechanical and programming skills which can be honed and developed as they progress through the various levels of education. Edgewood College Lekki came tops in the competition that took place after the training, while Holy Child College Obalende and ADRAO International School, Victoria Island were first and second runners-up respectively.