Having tech skills, whether in hardware, software or both creates a lot of opportunities for people in whatever field they find themselves. A number of students especially in public schools are unable to pick up these skills due to poor facilities in the institutions. This problem is what ‘Tech for the Street’ is trying to solve.
“Tech for the Street” is an initiative aimed at providing public school students with ICT skills and enabling them to take advantage of current technological advancement. The students are tutored for free by facilitators on the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Corel Draw, programming, mobile software development amongst many others.
The initiative targets students in public schools who can barely afford ICT education and equip them with ICT skills. Founded by Ajayi Temitope, an IT consultant, Tech for the Street Initiative started in 2015, where it selected 10 public schools in Lagos. So far the initiative has trained over 300 students.
Professionals in various fields offer free IT classes on coding web development, graphic design, laptop repairs and practical knowledge of these skills. In addition to hands-on training, the students have resource persons speaking to them in various capacities such as principles of succeeding in life, good morals, presentation, personal branding, soft skill, entrepreneurship, project management, leadership, and self-esteem.
The 2016 programme ran for 10 weeks and was free for all participants. An ICT learning environment was provided for the students and a laptop for each student used throughout the training period and lunch every Saturday which was their training days.
The initiative is presently focused in Lagos and is yet to take on other states in the country. They intend to reach out to about 1000 students this year.