Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Digitizing Technical Colleges in Nigeria
Explain your idea in details:
Our goal is to setup ZeroNet Servers in all the Technical colleges in Lagos, Nigeria and load these Servers with How-To videos of Local Products, an extensive eLibrary and an Examination Practice Portal, so the students can have access to these materials on their mobile devices without using The Internet. This Project is to increase a) Local Product Knowledge and b) the Percentage of Technical college students that continue to University. A) INCREASE LOCAL PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE: Toyota has maintained Brand dominance in Nigeria because Mechanics keep recommending Toyota vehicles since they can repair them if they become faulty. Meanwhile, Samsung has an Engineering Academy in the Technical Colleges that teaches students how to couple, maintain, and repair samsung products, these has lead to Samsungs leadership in home appliances irrespective of the economy. Following this pattern, we seek to increase Brand recognition and usage of Local products by making and distributing product knowledge videos that would help technicians better understand how to assemble, maintain and even repair Local products. And Technical students are the prime target for this, since they are young, mostly teachable, and not burdened with learning other academic courses that their Secondary school counterparts are obligated to study. B) INCREASE TECHNICAL STUDENTS TERTIARY ADMISSIONS: Less than 20% of Technical college students in Lagos proceed to write the entrance Examination into Tertiary institutions, opting to get a shop or start working instead. We hope that by combining our Examination Practice portal and the eLibrary within the ZeroNet Servers, we will give the students enough material to study non-technical academic subjects and practice with past questions enough to confidently sit for the Entrance examinations into Universities. We sincerely believe that an Engineer with a practical (Technical college) and Theoretical (University) training is better than one with just one of these trainings.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The Sustainable Development goal we would like to impact with this work is Number 4: Quality Education. Using Videos and other electronic materials, we will help enhance the learning experience of students, augumenting their classroom knowledge with very practical How-To videos on the subjects they are being taught in school, helping them understand concepts that might not be clear with one explanation from their teacher, giving them access to review content over and over again until they get it, and granting them a platform to practice for their final examinations long before the examinations are due. We will increase Brand awareness and student know-how of Local products, by producing quality How-To videos in collaboration with Local product manufacturers or assemlers, we would also develop a Testing system based on the Product videos to use to award proficiency certification for students who passed the Tests and demonstrate adequate knowledge of the Products. This tests will eventually be used to access student understanding of the Products over time. We hope to increase student registration for JAMB (Tertiary Institution entrance examination) to 50% and increase the overall Student score in NABTEB (Technical college Final National Examinations) through a combined deployment of the Examination Practice Portal, the eLibrary, and the Product Videos.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We are seeking to raise money for setup of the Servers in the 7 Lagos State owned Technical colleges first. And we hope to sustain the product by sponsorship from the companies we are creating the How-to videos about their products. Revenue sources would include Revenue from making the videos, Revenue from hosting the videos on the networks and running Product Proficiency certifications for the students, and Revenue from Advertisement. We will collaborate with the manufacturers to make these videos, and currently have Web development, and User Interface design capabilities within the team, we are currently courting a Videographer and an Animator to join the team. The Server currently contains an exam practice portal we developed in-house and an eLibrary that was gotten in collaboration with a US based NGO called World Possible.
My name is Samuel Anyaele, I am 34 years old Techpreneur and work from Lagos, Nigeria. I have extensive knowledge of working with both Windows and Linux Operating Systems, and being a self-taught programmer, my passion has always been learning, especially beyond the four walls of a class room. I love Africa, and have a dream of building learning systems that will lift us intellectually to be capable of contributing to the global conversation, even if this is a tall dream for our generation, we can definitely build something for the next generation to spring board on. Internet is a Huge differentiator, but unfortunately Internet access in Africa is both sparse and expensive, so the equalizing effect of the Internet, which benefited countries like India never really made it to africa, due to lack of Infrastructure. Electric Power is another challenge in many parts of the continent, and so we are excited about a solution that will not require Internet but can run on portable Solar power, hence ZeroNet Servers. We have worked with two Lagos State Technical colleges for 6 months each with remarkable results, and so we have decided to commit permanent deployment of the Servers in all Technical colleges, starting from Lagos. But we cannot do it alone, there is a fire burning in our hearts, but we cannot carry the flames by ourselves, we would love support to get these Servers into schools, so students can begin to learn from their mobile devices without worrying about the cost or dangers of the Internet