Kwara community unveils solar powered digital literacy centre
In a bid to boost Information Technology (IT) development amongst its youth population, Imode Community in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State has launched its new solar powered digital literacy centre.
The Community Development Association, borrowing a leaf from the National Information Technology (NIT) Policy seeks to grow a digitally smart population in an information society by using IT as the engine for sustainable development and global competitiveness.
Speaking at the recent public presentation of the solar-powered excellent Digital Literacy Center (DiLiCe) which has been equipped with modern ICT infrastructure to support the education and curiosity of every citizen within and around the community, Joseph Babatunde, the President, Imode Development Association (IDA), said that the projects: a modern IT centre and a school bus, were to help the students to imbibe the IT culture as the world has gone digital.
“I recall with joy that the idea of the provision of a modern IT Centre for our school came to me a couple of years ago when one of my children did the post-JAMB exam in University of Ilorin (Unilorin). The students were all given computers to do the exams. While she breezed through the exams, most of the other children were just starring at the device until the time was over. I felt challenged there and then, to give every child that needed opportunity,” Babatunde said.
He added that; “IDA has done the little it can by providing the facilities. We want to see the impact through improved performances in all the exams of our students/pupils.”
Explaining the ‘Imode ICT Vision’, Sunday Afolayan, IDA’s Vice President said that they are closer to achieving a digitally Smart Community.
“This will be achieved by reliance on technology, carefully backed up with traditional methods that are functional. A significant number of indigenes will continue to live outside the community or the country, and their needs and requirements to stay connected to their roots will continue to inform the community’s development policies.
ICT will be used to solve practical problems, such as educational deficiency as well as the security of lives and properties.
Most aspects of the Community engagement activities will be conducted electronically towards widening access and participation especially with its citizens in the diaspora, using appropriate technologies,” Afolayon said.
Jumoke Akiyode Lawanson
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