HiTech Box Project

Published on June 20, 2014 um 16:45

Summary of your idea

Main Objectives i. To give youngsters in rural communities the opportunity to have STEM education. ii. To add value to lives by creating an environment where youngsters can become innovators and users of ICT tools. iii. To help youths associate skills with wealth creation and how best to drivetheir initiatives to the world. Innovative Approaches: HiTech Box is an after-school project where boys and girls between the ages of 11 - 17, in secondary schools, can learn Computer Science and other ICTs in practical. The project is going to be basically hands-on as most schools in Nigeria especially in rural communities tend to teach a lot of theories in classrooms. - The students will have the opportunity of seeing, using and creating technologies they can associate with daily living e.g. computer basics - Desktop appreciation, GSM-mobile application and technology, web-based applications, animation programming - robotics, photography, graphics, video production e.t.c. - They will think out solutions to problems plaguing their community, and how technology can be used to solve these problems. - They will be taught to be actively involved in their communities using ICTs digital advocacy. Activities: Being a practical project, parents and schools will be encouraged to enrol students in the after-school project since they are not provided with such resources to run the needed curriculum in the schools. - The students will be started with CS unplugged curriculum where they will be introduced to computing without computers for starters. - For the next stage of learning, an elearning approach is employed. They will be taught using ICT tools. - The third stage of the project is to teach how the skills learnt can be translated into entrepreneurial skills. This project will not only create innovators but entrepreneurs for the society.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Target The Project will run a year-curriculum with 100 students. These students will start cells in their schools and teach their peers what they are being taught in the box. Each student creates a 5-member cell (self inclusive), these will reach a 500-member project at the end of a school year. Measures to Evaluate Success - students will work on projects after each course curriculum to measure how much they have learnt against the Rubric Judge that will be provided with the curriculum. - There will be creative competitions within the box where students will solve problems in their community - Each course will be tied to an on-line/regional competition that will help the students exhibit their technology skills in various fields. - How many local solutions with contents were proffer by the students at the end of the academic year?

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Business Model Being a non-profit enterprise, students are not meant to pay tuition fees to attend lectures at the HiTech Box project, but will need to pay membership fees at the point of registration, a thousand naira (equivalence of £4) per student, to cover the running cost of the centre. Furthermore, there will be a business centre where people can come to for computer services and get to pay for such services. Financing Source The HiTech Box project will need resources such as volunteer time, in-kind contributions and cash contributions from donors to sustain its activities while the students are the beneficiaries. Though resources will be seek from donors, the project will build an entrepreneurship capacity that will create innovative support and solution for the society; so the program wont just be taking but also giving back and creating jobs in the nearest future. Collaborations This project will look at collaborating with Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to help facilitate new modes of value creation since MNEs face a range of challenges when entering developing countries, including the need to adapt their business models to local markets cultural,economic, institutional and geographic features. By creating complementary capacities of this nature, the project gives back to the funding organisation(s) in its own way.

Your profile

My name is Modupe Darabidan, a dynamic and enthusiastic young lady, and a Nigerian. I am the Technology Programmes Coordinator for Women's Technology Empowerment Centre, W.TEC,an organisation that works with girls and women, using ICT tools in improving their lots. And I have work in this position for a year since I got my degree. I studied Computer Science and Economics for my degree and this has prepared me for today's world where technology has come to define the level of development in our society. Having an understanding of ICTs and its uses, I will like to see many people become more productive while using and creating technological tools. Women and youths are easily intimidated when it comes to technology but information and communication technology (ICT) has come to soften that edge; women and youths generally can associate better with ICT tools than technology in its broad sense. For these reasons, I will like to work with youths especially in the rural communities to understand the productive use of ICTs and how much they can add value to the society with the acquired skills. Nigerian youths can be applauded for their vast knowledge in the use of ICTs but its time we started helping them become creators of these tools to build a better nation. They need to connect the creation and use of ICT tools to general growth and subsequent development in the economy. The youths can be better taught with practicals which is what HiTech Box initiative is set to achieve - This project will create local content for businesses in the long run.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

education, youth

Modupe Darabidan

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July 7, 2014 12:11