Three hundred members of the University's host community have begun a free ICT training program under the auspices of AUN-Adamawa Peace Initiative (AUN-API).
The six-week training, which kicked off on September 22, is held at the African Center for ICT Training & Innovation (ACIT). ACIT is a subsidiary of AUN created to impart ICT knowledge to community members.
Dr. Fidelis Ndeh-Che, who coordinates the program, said trainees will learn to use a computer to improve access to knowledge. The training is particularly targeted at SS3 students from host communities who are preparing to write national exams and who have had difficulties with the computer-based testing.
Since tertiary examination bodies switched from paper to computer-based testing, poorer students from rural and suburban communities find it challenging. “They are usually disadvantaged due to a lack of exposure to computers and this can adversely affect their exam results.”
Other beneficiaries include primary and secondary school teachers, unemployed youths, especially graduates, and small business owners who can greatly benefit from access to valuable information and opportunities that can positively impact their lives and livelihoods.
At the September 14 meeting of AUN-API, forms were distributed to all members of the peace-building organization. The AUN-API members--local religious, business, and community leaders committed to peace--are expected to nominate members from their neighborhoods who would be interested in the training.
The program, which has been running since 2012 when AUN-API was founded, has trained over 2,000 youths from the community. The men and women selected cut across all age groups, ethnicities, religions, and professions. Outstanding beneficiaries have received scholarships for advanced ICT courses offered by ACIT.
The program runs for two hours each day. Participants will choose to attend either the Friday sessions, which start at 3 pm and end at 5 pm, or one of the three Saturday slots starting at 10 am and ending at 4 pm.
AUN students working in volunteer capacity serve as instructors and class assistants as a way of giving back to the community.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa