Children in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states were trained in ICT skills, including robotics, coding and artificial intelligence (AI).
The Borno State Learning Center in Maiduguri has graduated 154 students who are mostly orphaned children from the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.
The children were trained in various ICT skills including robotics, coding and artificial intelligence (AI).
The center was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2019 and is currently managed by the Northeast Children Trust Fund.
The Fund was created “to create an ecosystem for homeless children orphaned by conflict in northeast Nigeria that will echo the life of a normal child growing up and thriving in a family.”
The center, which includes nursery, primary and secondary schools, currently has 525 children from Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Maiduguri, the executive secretary and general manager (CEO) of the trust fund, Mariam Masha, said the students consist of 337 boys and 188 girls.
“The center currently has 472 students at primary level and 26 at secondary level.
The 154 students who moved on to high school took coding and programming, as well as web design and programming, ”Ms. Masha said.
The highlight of the event was the demonstration of robotics, coding and artificial intelligence by the students.
Enthusiastic Ms. Masha, who praised the students for learning so quickly, said the learning center was “more than just a school”.
She said the center was “a place to raise, empower and renew our children and I believe that here before us it is proof that the Northeast Children’s Trust can fulfill this mandate.”
She said that at TLC, teachers and caregivers “are not only knowledge transfer instructors, but are knowledge facilitators.”
“They have supported your learning and growth in very innovative ways that have unbundled the uniqueness of each of you.”
She also thanked the Borno State government for the support given to the school.
“It has been largely successful with the support of our house here in
The vice-president of the center, Hauwa Biu, teacher, called on the students “not to forget all the lessons you learned at the center”.
“As you go back to high school, make sure you take care of each other. Always remember that you are part of a big family and a network of people who have invested in your growth and success and who are always willing and ready to support you.
“Our vision at NECT is to create a safe learning environment for children in North East Nigeria and to provide comprehensive support to vulnerable children affected by crises so that they can become agents of socio-economic development in their communities and Nigeria in general, ”says Ms. Biu.