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Tech for the Street is an initiative aimed at providing public school students with ICT skills and enabling them to take advantage of current technological advancements. Students were tutored by seasoned facilitators on the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Corel Draw, programming, graphics and web designs, mobile software development amongst many others.

Tech for the Street is an NGO brainchild of Olumide Ajayi, an IT entrepreneur who is passionate about teenagers and positive contributions to the society. His idea is simply to train and equip public school teens for free with ICT skills enabling them to stand out in life and be relevant solutions providers in their societies.

According to Olumide Ajayi, “We want to reach out to all Nigerian children across the country especially the public school students that cannot afford an ICT education and equip them with the necessary ICT skills that will shape their future and make them relevant in this 21st century. We plan to catch them young, train them to be web developers, graphic designers, and mobile apps developers amongst many others.”

The 2016 edition of Tech for the Street witnessed a gathering of teenagers from different public schools through the platform of Pastor Bimbo Odukoya’s Foundation. An ICT learning environment was provided for them, an air-conditioned class, a laptop (which they used through the 10 weeks training) for each student and lunch every Saturday which was their training days.

In addition to hands-on training, the students also had resource persons speak to them in various capacities such as principles of succeeding in life, good morals, presentation, personal branding, soft skill, entrepreneurship, project management, leadership, and self-esteem. The resource persons were  Mr Olumide Ajayi, Mr Lawal Olawoye, Mrs Adetoun Abimbola Ogunbowale, Mr Isaac Osagie, Olayinka ‘Godfella’ Olatunji, Mr Adebambo Falade Alexander,  Mr Tayo Jaiyeola, Oyinkansola Alabi, Mr Enahoro Okhae,  Mr. Ayion Ahmed Allen, Dr. Bayo Adeyanju, Mrs Adenike Oyedele Yomi-Oyeniyi ,  Mrs Adeiye Shobo Seun,  Mr Kingsley Nwabugwu,  Mr Shobo Seun, Mr Samuel Ediale,  Mr Muktar Mohammed, Bimbo Olasope, Mrs. Mobolaji Odunfa , Toju Harrison.

Tech for the Street 2016 ran for 10 weeks and was free for all participants. Tech for the Street 2017 aims to train 1000 public school students.

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This article was first published on 9th December 2016


Muna is a software programmer and developer with a passion for technology.

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