For 1,500 secondary school students, the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy is preparing to start a Build-A-Thon program.
A statement claims that pupils from 150 schools spread over three locations—Owerri, Maiduguri, and Abeokuta—will participate in the four-day event. A Build-A-Thon, according to the organizers, is an ecosystem that provides a range of educational possibilities, such as technological laboratories, workshops, and DIY boxes, to help students develop their abilities.
The Nigerian Communications Commission and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-based NGO, are collaborating to host the event.
“We strongly believe that technology will play an important role in our growth as a nation,” Minister Dr. Bosun Tijani stated, introducing the project. “As a result, we are equipping the next generation with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the digital era.”
“We are dedicated to producing more digitally literate adults, and the only way we can do that is by implementing programs like this one, where students receive instruction in a controlled setting. We think Nigeria has many brilliant brains that, given the chance, will do great things, and that’s exactly what we’re offering them.
The organizers added that recognition will be given to exceptional teams from various regions and categories. The ministry further stated that the program’s objective is to encourage students to become innovators and problem solvers by providing them with fundamental skills and introducing them to the maker culture.
“Our journey towards positioning Nigeria as the go-to market for technical knowledge cannot be achieved without creating a knowledge pipeline that is represented by these young, impressionable minds,” Tijani said in response to the effort previously.
For its Build-A-Thon initiative program, the ministry stated in 2023 that it was looking for educators, teachers, and enthusiasts in Maiduguri, Owerri, and Abeokuta.