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Vodacom steps up STEM initiative with annual interschool robotics training launch



As the world progresses further into the fourth industrial revolution, there has never been a better time to infuse some much needed STEM training in the education sector.

As a means to enable the education sector advance teaching and learning programmes into the fourth industrial revolution, Vodacom Business Nigeria recently organised a one day robotics training workshop for students from five Secondary Schools across Lagos.

The training took place at the Canton Concourse Training Center in Victoria Island in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere, giving the students the opportunity to open their minds to the various ways in which technology is shaping the world around them.

They were also equipped with useful mechanical and programming skills which can be honed and developed as they progress through the various levels of education.

The schools represented were Dansol High School, Ikeja; Edgefield College, Lekki; Fruitful Ville College International, Ikorodu; Halifield Schools, Maryland and Holy Child College, Ikoyi. The students in attendance, aged 12 to 15, were given a firsthand opportunity to immerse themselves in the complexities that surround the Internet of Things (IoT) and how this will affect their lives in the near future.

As part of the programme, students were taught how to build, program and control various kinds of robots which are being used to perform numerous functions in today’s world.

This demonstrated the essential nature of technology in everyday life, from manufacturing to transportation and even securing lives and property.

The Commercial Director for Vodacom Business Nigeria, Solomon Ogufere, said: “As a business, we are committed to equipping the next generation in Nigeria with the requisite ICT skills to prepare them for the inevitability that is the fourth industrial revolution. We believe that it is never too early or too late to begin this immersive process in students, thereby preparing them for the post – digital age which will demand technical knowledge and skills.”

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Vodacom Business Nigeria constantly seeks out opportunities to enhance the lives of the next generation through engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives with primary focus on educational programs, capacity building sessions, training workshops, industrial tours and more.

Earlier in the year Vodacom organized an ICT Skills development training day for thirty-six young students from the S.S. Peter & Paul Nursery and Primary School, a school run by an independent non-profit organisation that serves the underprivileged communities in Lagos State.

By constantly empowering the next generation, Vodacom Business Nigeria aims to drive positive change in the Nigerian economy through the use of telecommunications technologies.


L-R: Far left; Abu Etu, Senior Manager Product Development, Vodacom Business Nigeria; Far right; Olumide Idowu, (Ag) Executive Head of Department, Operations and students of Dansol High School, Ikeja; Edgefield College, Lekki; Fruitful Ville College International, Ikorodu; Halifield Schools, Maryland and Holy Child College at the maiden edition of Vodacom Robotics Day 2018

About Vodacom Business Nigeria

Vodacom Business Nigeria, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vodacom Group, is a leading pan-African corporate connectivity and telecommunications provider.

Vodacom Business works in partnership with the continent’s largest businesses in sectors including oil and gas, retail, banking, mining, distribution, and tourism; helping them stay connected across Africa, and to the rest of the world.

Vodacom Business’ core infrastructure connects over 580 million people, across more than 40 African countries and includes over 50 satellite transponders, 24 dedicated teleports and access to multiple sub-sea cable landing ports.

By utilizing on-the-ground support, Vodacom Business provides system integration and maintenance, high-speed Internet services, Pan-African data networks, enterprise voice, wireless broadband and international VPNs.

Vodacom Business’ mission is to build the future of African communications through continued investment in infrastructure, products and services, creating the best value for its customers and the communities in which it operates.

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