To equip the less-privileged children with digital skills which is one of the most valuable tools for the future of work, the Destiny Trust (TDT) is set to establish a coding and innovative development centre called Kids Innovation Hub to be launched on May 27, 2018
The transformative role of technology in this epoch, and its place as one of the most valuable skills in the future of work cannot be overemphasized. However, most disadvantaged children would be left behind without strategic social initiatives to afford them the opportunity to participate in this global transformation.
Therefore, as part of TDT’s initiatives to provide care, rehabilitation, education, empowerment and social integration for children and household in slums and poor communities, Kids Innovation Hub is aimed at “bridging this digital divide and promoting the inclusion of rehabilitated street children and other children from low socio-economic groups.”
The project which is estimated to cost the total of N8,680,000, will support the training of 100 children every biannually in its pilot phase in Lagos, which include the rehabilitated homeless children in the organisation’s centre in Ibeju Lekki and other children from the host community.
According to a statement by the organisation, the programme will not only give the less-privileged kids the chance to boost their computer literacy and develop capacity for any future career, but also raise a competent breed of young programmers and software developers whose aptitude will be resourceful for the growing global economy. And ultimately, these disadvantaged children who were once rejected for their socio-economic background will become cornerstones in the human capital requirements for national development through the ICT.
Significantly, the recent statement of Mr Bill Gates, the renowned business mogul and Founder of Microsoft, explaining the pivotal role of human capital development in the economic growth of Nigeria, does not only justify Kids Innovation Hub, but has shown the urgent need for investment in these children.
Bill Gates said, “People without roads, ports, and factories can’t flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can’t sustain an economy.”
Re-emphasizing his stance on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan to CNN, Bill Gates added, “As a partner in Nigeria, I am saying the current plan is inadequate. Nigeria has all these young people and the current quality and quantity of investment in these young generations; in health and education just isn’t good enough. So, I was very direct, if they can get health and education right, they will be an engine of growth not just for themselves but for all of Africa.”
Therefore, to achieve the inclusive growth in Nigeria and throughout Africa as advocated by the former Finance Minister, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at a Duke University Lecture Series, all hands must be on deck to improve the quantity and quality of investment in these street children, whose population is growing geometrically, given the climbing rate of poverty in the country.
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