AROEEP ICT pop up

Living in the “information age,” Information and Communications technology (ICT) has become a part of our everyday lives and subsequently, reaching a great level of impact on our society. The information revolution and the extraordinary increase in the spread of knowledge have given birth to a new era–one of knowledge and information which effects directly economic, social, cultural and political activities of all regions of the world, including Africa.  Governments worldwide have recognized the role that Information and Communication Technologies could play in socio-economic development. ICT in developing countries is a suggested effective way to improve the population’s life and well-being. In particular, ICT applications on the education system can help mold the future of the underdeveloped world fundamentally.

Individuals in modern society are becoming increasingly familiar with Information and Communication Technology (ICT). A number of countries especially those in the developed world and some in developing countries are putting in place policies and plans designed to transform their economies into an information and knowledge economy

While ICT continues to advance in western and Asian countries, African countries still experience a lag in its implementation, and that continues to widen the digital and knowledge divide. Studies have observed that access to ICT facilities is a major challenge facing most African countries, with a ratio of one computer to 150 students against the ratio of 1:15 students in developed countries.

THE ISSUE

  • Only 4.5% of Nigerians have access to computers.
  • Over 76% of African children are non-conversant with the concept of ICT.
  • Estimated internet users in Africa is at a 30.2% penetration, representing 10% of the world’s internet users.

AROEEP ICT Pop Up initiative was set up to challenge the lag in implementation of ICT in schools and communities across the African region. Research has shown technology enhanced education, a medium to relieve poverty, social division and improve living standards of people due to the fact that technologies can deliver educational programs at a lower cost than traditional education systems. We recognise the inhibitions hindering ICT and ICT education in Africa, and have as a result, put in place measures that will aid tackle these challenges.

AROEEP ICT Pop Up initiative serves to reach schools and communities with limited/ non-existing ICT education programs arising as a result of shortages in financial resources, limited internet access, lack of trained ICT educators and the lack of proper Information Technology policies. Volunteers and educators are deployed to affected schools to carry out educational outreaches in the ICT concept.

THE APPROACH

 

  • Organize outreaches to affected schools and communities.
  • Engage in reforms to promote the ICT concept in Africa.

THE OBJECTIVES

  • To familiarize schools and communities across the African region non-conversant with Information Technology on the concept of ICT.
  • To increase sensitization on the importance of ICT to any economy.
  • To facilitate the effective teachings of ICT in all schools and learning centers across Africa, most specifically in Basic Elementary schools.
  • To promote policies that support the implementation of ICT education in every school in Africa.

OUR GOAL IS TO ENSURE ICT BECOMES A FAMILIARISED AND FUNDAMENTALLY PRACTISED CONCEPT IN ALL REGIONS ACROSS AFRICA. WE BELIEVE THE SPREAD OF EDUCATION IN ICT IS THE KEY TO A COUNTRY’S FUTURE ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND WE INTEND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROMOTION OF GLOBAL ICT EDUCATION BY PASSING ON OUR EXPERIENCE.

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