NEPAD Launches TechnoFuture to Bridge the Digital Divide

TechnoFuture, an innovative computerized educational tool, was launched last week by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) at a roundtable chaired by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. The program is designed to bridge the digital divide that currently exists between Africa and the developed world. The TechnoFuture Digital Dividend Initiative is lead by TechnoFuture Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of TechnoKids Inc.

TechnoFuture is a tool, published by TechnoKids Inc. that teaches learners from the age of four to adults a combination of computer and entrepreneurship skills, TechnoFuture empowers individuals by equipping them with skills that enable them set up their own businesses; operate optimally at the workplace; and compete more effectively in an increasingly technology-driven world while making them self-sufficient upon retirement.

TechnoFuture Nigeria Ltd. has already developed a robust business model for complementing the Federal Government’s ongoing economic reform program. The replication of the business model, under the umbrella of NEPAD Africa, is expected to catalyze human capacity building and strengthen poverty eradication programs continent-wide.

Speaking at the launch inside Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Senior Special Assistant to the President (NEPAD) and Head of NEPAD Nigeria Chief (Mrs.) Chinyere Asika, said, “It is important for NEPAD to be involved in such an initiative which we believe will go a long way in facilitating the realization of the objectives of the NEPAD ICT program and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria.”

Mr. Victor Olusegun Adeniji, CEO of TechnoFuture Nigeria said, “These are exciting times for Nigeria and we cannot wait to see TechnoFuture in use in schools and universities across the country.” He added, “With TechnoFuture we plan to close the literacy gap among learners of all ages, bridge the digital divide by providing tried and tested content and break the poverty cycle by promoting a circle of job and wealth creation.

The TechnoFuture Digital Dividend Initiative will work with major stakeholders to realize the key objective of NEPAD which is to eradicate poverty in Africa and promote education through the use of ICT. To learn more about the initiative contact Vasu Gounden at vasu@technokidsafrica.com

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Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.