The Lagos Branch of Government College Ughelli Old Boys Association (GCUOBA), has stressed the importance of connecting education with technology.
To this end, about 35 pupils and 13 teachers drawn from six Lagos schools and Government College Ughelli (GCU) were the target audience at a capacity-building/coaching and mentoring session, which recently held in the Lagos state capital.
Ten students and five teachers from GCU attended the event, which took the form of an education and technology symposium, The Trumpet gathered.
Five Lagos schools – King’s College, Holy Child Ikoyi, Dowen Lekki, Starfield Iju and Falomo High School, participated.
In his welcome address, the President of the Lagos branch, David Binitie, described GCUOBA as “an active Association of Old students of the school with a long history and rich tradition of excellence.”
With the theme: “Connecting Education and Technology: Options that work”, he stated that the Association thought it necessary to do something to help the youths attain success in life.
Similarly, the event’s Organising Committee Chairman, Victor Eromosele, said, “We are starting a long journey through strategic intervention with a view to building human capacity and motivating the teenagers to be 21st century global achievers.”
The Chairman, Babajide Duroshola, who was represented by the Country Director, Technical Talent Andela Nigeria, Seni Sulyman, posited that Africans have the responsibility to bring about the needed change in the continent.
He urged the students to develop interest in technology and create solutions that would address societal challenges while directing aspiring coders to the relevant websites.
The Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative, Gbenga Sesan, shared his personal experiences and how he achieved success.
He said, “If you are desperate enough, you will learn and urge the students to embrace digital communication early.
On his part, UK-based inventor of electronic imaging instruments used globally and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Advanced Micro Peripherals, Engr. Lee Foss, who is a GCU old boy, shared his childhood experience and how to connect the relevant dots.
He extolled the virtue of peer-to-peer learning in honing creative skills and converting curiosity to productive inventions.
Chigoziem Nwobodo, who represented the Principal Consultant, Lonadek, Dr Ibilola Amao, urged the students to be self-confident and not limit their imagination.
Six of the best performing students received awards and were decorated with the event’s “Best in Class” medals.