The Students of Government Day Secondary School Shadawanka Barrack Bauchi have called on the state government to establish Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centers in secondary schools across the state.
They made the call at the Digital Skills and Gender based Violence, (GBV) Outreach, organised by Switch Media funded by OXFAM to commemorate international day of girl child in Bauchi, Thursday.
One of the student, Mustapha Maina said, with the spread of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), gaining momentum across the globe,
“There is need for government to make ICT compulsory in all tiers of education, for the students to communicate effectively anywhere they go
“We are calling on the government to support schools by establishing ICT centers in secondary schools for students to learn digital skills before graduation,” Maina said.
Miss Bright Aniagboso , a student, stressed the need for the government to make the use of ICT facilities compulsory in schools for teaching and learning.
The secondary schools need computers and ICT equipment to learn about the digital skills to become self-reliant after graduating.
“If students graduate with additional Technology skills it empowers us. Government jobs are not readily available,” she said.
She noted that in spite of its potential in the development of IT education, not many schools had extensively adopted ICT facilities for teaching and learning.
Aniagboso however urged the government to provide security in their schools to save them from the menace of Gender based Violence.
On his Part, Jang Ajemasu told the students with digital Skills and knowledge would assist to develop the nation making use of their experience and advancement in IT technology.
He advised that secondary school students should be encouraged using ICT in communicating, teaching and learning in classrooms.
“These will facilitate their learning skills, knowledge and experience in information technology,” he said.
Ajemasu explained that Digital Skills has the potential to accelerate, enrich and deepen skills to motivate and engage students and to help relate school experience to work practices.
He noted that digital Skills can improve students’ connectivity in businesses, employment, and employers buying and selling globally.
A Civil Society Organization representative, Mrs Mary Ann Emmanuel told the students that technology applications can help curb Gender based violence (GBV)
“It empowers women and girls to be gainfully employed and independent, adding that technology can also be a pivotal tool for girls to become campaigners and activist.,” She said.
On her part Mrs Alonge Deborah , Teacher and activist charged the students to imbibe the culture of togetherness and foster peace among themselve.
She urged the students to rise in the fight against gender based violence and embrace the digital Skills and viable knowledge.
ICT helps students to become competent and confident users who can use the basic knowledge and skills acquired to assist them in their daily lives.
“It is also supposed to prepare students for the world of tomorrow. It aims to help learners to have an open and flexible mind.