This is what philanthropy is all about. People that have the interest of Nigerians at heart do this without expecting reward. Members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Community Development Service (CDS) group in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State should be commended for this exceptional act of ensuring ICT literacy among residents of communities in the country. This is how you make impact in the lives of people. Government at every level and the private sectors should reward these Corps members for this show of meaningful charity. Every Corp member should think of what to do to stand out. If it does not pay immediately, it will surely pay later. Below is a post on what the ICT Community Development Service (CDS) group in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State are doing;
We are the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Community Development Service (CDS) group in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State. The ICT CDS group is devoted to community based projects in the area of information technology aimed at impacting and developing the skill set of youths and organizations within the community. The need for inculcating the relevance and knowledge of ICT, now more than ever, is an essential subject that should and must be advocated for. We have therefore taken as a fundamental aspect of our program, the social responsibility of reaching out to community on the utilization of information technology as a tool for solving societal problems in the 21st century.
A key focus of this program is on students and youths whom are in the learning and career defining phase. To start off this grand task of transforming the society, we have visited 3 public schools and one community social gathering in the past month where we enlightened the students on the basics of ICT, the best usage of it in our daily living, the practical step-by-step knowledge of Microsoft Excel and most importantly, Internet Culture for both the students and youths of the community.
Speaking at the first event which marked our opening outing for this program/project at Clegg Girls’ Senior High School, Surulere, the President of the ICT CDS group, Frank Umeadi, emphasized ICT as an important building block for a successful career.
The Project Manager, Stanley Okoli, at our recent event in New Era Girls’ Senior High School where we launched our foremost project, Internet Culture, explained the term as a study of various social phenomena associated with the Internet and other forms of the network communication, such as online communities, social gaming, social media and mobile apps.
We are passionate and deeply recognize (we hope you do too), that this is a vital project that should be extended to all schools and other social gatherings within the community.
However, and with all things worthy of pursuit, there have been key challenges that have mitigated our reach. Chief among them is the lack of a projector within the group, which has prevented us from visiting some districts and gatherings without one. Nonetheless, we constantly provide our individual Personal Computers (PC) to ensure nothing stops us from completing this journey which we started with love.
It is often said that it takes a community to educate a child; and more, we believe that when you educate a child, you raise a generation; Now is one of those times.
We are confident of a positive outcome in our subsequent project outings to the less privileged schools and other social gatherings in the society in order to help raise a generation.