Nigerian Government Set to Ignite Tech Passion in Students Through Build-A-Thon Initiative

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In a strategic move to propel Nigeria into the digital future, the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy (FMCIDE) has joined forces with the UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation to unveil the Build-A-Thon program. This groundbreaking initiative, slated for a four-day run in January 2024, is set to engage 1,500 senior secondary school students from 150 institutions across Owerri, Maiduguri, and Abeokuta.

Dr. Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, emphasized that Build-A-Thon is a crucial component of Nigeria’s overarching strategy to instill early technology adoption, laying the foundation for the nation’s innovation leaders of tomorrow. The program aims to familiarize students with the maker culture, providing hands-on experiences that foster critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

The Build-A-Thon isn’t just an event; it’s a comprehensive learning ecosystem. Incorporating technology labs, DIY boxes, and workshops, the program is designed to immerse students in the world of cutting-edge technologies. Participants will delve into areas such as 3D printing, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT), gaining practical skills that are increasingly in demand in today’s digital landscape.

With its tri-location setup in Owerri, Maiduguri, and Abeokuta, Build-A-Thon seeks to democratize access to technology education. By bringing together students from diverse regions, the program not only promotes equal opportunities but also stimulates collaboration and knowledge sharing.

The program aims to go beyond traditional education by recognizing outstanding achievements. Exceptional teams in each location will be acknowledged for categories such as the most innovative design, the most sustainable project, and an award for the project with the most utility. This emphasis on practical, impactful outcomes underscores the real-world application of the skills students will acquire.

Beyond the immediate goals of innovation and recognition, Build-A-Thon is geared towards fostering a culture of lifelong learning. By introducing students to emerging technologies and instilling a passion for creation, the initiative envisions a continuous cycle of curiosity, learning, and innovation that extends far beyond the four-day event.

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