A Word From The President

Our friends and colleagues on the ground in southeastern Nigeria recently recommended and pleaded for a program to assist young primary school students with computer literacy. For children in Nigerian primary schools ages 5-11 years, the existence of Tablets, IPods, and the like, remain a mystery much less their use. It is on behalf of children with this type of background that Action Africa, (in partnership with its Nigerian affiliate, African Action on Health & Education), has decided to embark on an aggressive computer appreciation and training program. The target population is the pre-high school children.

Why is this a significant move? It is well known that education in better developed parts of the world, has since embraced the technological age. In the forefront of this revolution is the electronic computer. It has a great potential to do much for education. In the U.S. as well as in most European countries and Asia, children under the age of 5 years are very conversant with Tablets, IPods, and other computer related gadgets. These are mini computers as they easily access applications for children for various types of teaching and learning tools. Computer literacy in the 21st century has become the most widespread language system for individuals to communicate locally and internationally.

The current Nigerian educational system which is being adopted by most Sub-Saharan African countries requires students who are preparing to enter high school to be computer literate so as to take their entrance examinations on computer based tests. Currently no formal primary education curriculum includes computer literacy in public schools.

Enugu State is a state in southeastern Nigeria. Its capital is Enugu, from which the State created in 1991 derived its name. Enugu State had an estimated population of 3.8 million in 2012. The city of Enugu had an estimated population of 722,664 according to the disputed 2006 Nigerian census. We are dealing with much higher population numbers today. The total number of primary schools in the state is 1,186 with about 10% located in Enugu city and its environs. Currently four local schools have asked to partner with Action Africa and African Action on Health and Education in the initial implementation of this project in their region when funded.

The aim of the Action Africa program is to help pre–high school children to develop a basic understanding and knowledge of computers; to prepare them to have a competitive edge among their peers around the world; to open them up to what has quickly become the world’s most dynamic language system in our time. This is in line with Action Africa’s mission for sub-Saharan Africa: to provide children and families with the tools they need to prosper and become self-sufficient.

Please join this cause.

Dr. Chris N. Egbulem
Author: Action Africa

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