As part of efforts to bring digital literacy to the rural community, Bluvard Education Initiative is training 70 out-of-school youths in Ikorodu on software development.
The project which is tagged “Project Digital Rural” is in collaboration with a tech start-up, Tecxha and currently in its second cohort, holding at Adamo, Ikorodu.
According to the founder and executive director, Esther Okeoghene Edward, she said the project is to bridge the digital divide for financially disadvantaged youths in rural communities.
Edward said they started with Ikorodu due to the large number of young people without gainful employment.
She said, “The title of the project is tagged “Project Digital Rural” and the aim is to bridge the digital divide for financially disadvantaged youths in rural communities.
“We started with Ikorodu because we did a community profiling and observed the large number of young people without gainful employment or digital exposure despite living in Lagos.
“With this training, we cover the basics from basic digital literacy before taking them to the intermediate level of software development.
“We also use it as an opportunity to provide personalized mentorship for the participants, which is in line with our core objective of ‘redefining what it means to be educated in the 21st century’.”
Blessing Umarogie, 22, said she joined the programme to learn about coding and computer website so she could be part of the tech world and avoid being a housewife.
Her words, “I love the programme because I am interested in learning coding, computer website. I just want to learn something that will put myself out there in the tech world, so I won’t end just as a housewife. So I am really grateful for the opportunity.”