The National ICT OLympiad has finally presents 10 runner up winners for the third stage of the competition.
The 10 runner up winners were shortlisted based on their excellent performance in the first and the second stage of the competition that saw a score of 3,088 and 105 students respectively across 36 schools in Lagos state.
Mr. Gbadeyanka Adedeji Abdullahi, the National Co-coordinator of the National ICT Olympiad, disclosed that the ICT Olmpiad is aimed towards identifying, encouraging and rewarding computer aptitude; Promoting and encouraging computer studies; Creating awareness of career opportunities in ICT and increasing the interest and the drive towards a computer knowledge based educational framework.
The third stage which shall also be the final stage of the competition, was said to be a more practical session where students shall present their projects having taken courses on HTML and PHP scripting and Adobe Photo during the second stage boot camp, to provide practical solutions to social problems in the society.
The winner of the competition shall have N 100, 000 cash prize,N100,000 training scholarship and a laptop computer , the 2nd position shall get a Silver medal, N70, 000 cash prize,N70,000 training scholarship and a laptop computer while the 3rd position shall get Bronze medal, and N50, 000 cash prize. The National coordinator said.
The school that produce the winner was also said to receive an e-learning resource centre and school management software while the teachers of the students shall be offered a developmental training opportunity in the field of ICT so that the teachers can remain relevant to the system.
Also, “we are also discussing with some institutions in Nigeria who will be willing to offer scholarship to winners of the competition in computer science throughout their four years in higher institution. More so, students shall get certificate from Nigeria Computer Society and viable projects shall be turn to reality through offering of capital and mentoring skills to students who excel at the competition”. He said.
Also speaking at the occasion, was the Chairman of Nigeria Computer Society, Lagos state chapter, Mr. Charles while addressing the winners said “we want to translate knowledge to reality, so that you can create job for yourself and others; so that the knowledge can be felt as people and as a nation”.
Some of the teachers also showed optimism towards the competition, Mr Anefowoshe Ayodeji from Christland School attests that preparing for the competition has been tedious. IT is all about imagination, it might take a process but we can get there.
Mr. Tajudeen, a computer administrator of Crescent College was also optimistic about the competition. In his words the competition is a laudable program. It has help to set a brighter future for Nigerian young ones, because most of them see more competition in the entertainment world and as such they like to tailor their careers through entertainment. With this competition I can see the like of Zuckerberg among Nigerian children”.
However, presently in Nigeria what we have is computer studies and there is a wide gap between computer studies and ICT. There is the need for the curriculum to be modified such that it accommodates ICT, so that students can be ICT compliance at a very tender age. Also, ICT development can also be better fast tracked if the government put in measures that would make internet facilities more affordable. He added.
One of the 10 runner up of the ICT Olympiad, Awodun Faruq disclosed that he would use the competition to prove to other students that ICT is for everyone and not limited to students in the sciences.
According to him, “ I am a commercial student but I offer computer studies, my colleagues at school were asking me what I wanted to use computer for, but now I can now tell them that computer is not limited to people in science or commercial, ICT is now every where and for you to enjoy the world you need to be creative in terms of ICT.