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
A coding after school club
Explain your idea in details:
An After School Club that provides kids the opportunity to learn coding, mobile app development, video editing, game design, motion graphics and ICT related skills. This would be done by partnering with schools to teach kids of ages 6 - 16 for 45 - 60 minutes every week after school hours. The After school club would provide hands on learning by tutoring kids coding, mobile app development, video editing, game design, motion graphics and ICT related skills. Kids get to learn concepts and basics in different coding platforms and get to make real life projects, which they can showcase at the end of each session, therefore adding value to their respective schools and community. The After school club would also hold free classes for public Schools with preference given to young girls, because we believe in empowering the girl child and levelling the playing ground for kids from poor backgrounds.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Today, computing is involved in almost all aspects of our lives, from communications and education to social media, banking, information, security and shopping. STEM - related jobs has grown three times the rate of non -STEM jobs just within 10 years, by this year it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. Although efforts have been made to ensure that ICTs are available and used in Nigerian schools, the level of uptake is still low. It has been observed by Goshit (2006) that most schools, both private and government, do not offer ICT training programs. The low rate of ICT adoption and application in Nigerian schools is attributable to several factors. Some of which include: Limited information infrastructure, frequent electricity interruption, non-integration into school curriculum, high cost of ICT components, lack of ICT skills among teachers, lack of interest in ICT application on the part of students (mostly females). This are challenges The After school club wishes to address. The Club would provide learning of ICT skills in fun and exciting way, having the kids work on projects which would be hosted on various platforms, giving the kids a chance to showcase what they have done. The club would provide tools (laptops, tablets, internet, projector) needed for each class so that no school is left out because they do not have the infrastructure for learning such skills. ICT skills like coding does not just prepare a child for a professional career, it helps creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication and other skills ripe for improvement. If students are taught biology and mathematics in order to understand the world around them, then knowing the basics of how computers communicate and how to engage with them should be a given
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Club subscription: Kids in private schools pay a sum to enrol in the club which lasts for a period of 8 - 12 weeks. Sponsorship: Free classes at public schools would be opened to sponsors from agencies who share in the same vision.
I am Anunobi Somtochukwu, I am 25 years old. A graduate of civil engineer with passion in programming. Curious as to how webpages are made up tags, I started teaching myself how to code. After making my first webpage, I knew this is what I wanted to do. I love the combination of logical problem solving and creative thinking involved when writing code and I always love to learn more. A fast leaner, highly motivated and loves to share what I know. A constant volunteer for teaching kids and currently teach kids Robotics, Coding, Game design and 3D printing. In my spare time I create content for my YouTube channel where I share Android development tutorials and code some web apps and mobile apps.