By Umar Farouq Uthman
On Monday 22nd of June, 2009, CITAD’s Career Talks team, comprising of Mr. Ahmad Abdullahi, Mr Ado Shehu and Mr Umar Farouq Uthman went to the Government Girls Arabic College (GGAC), Goron Dutse to stage the talk to the studentns of the school. This was part of the orgnaizatino’s campaign towards spreading and sensitizing secondary school students about ICTs and in enabling to make a choice of career towards it.
The team members were introduced to the Students by a teacher of the school; Mr Ibrahim Sarki Abbass, who told also briefed them of about CITAD as well as on the purpose of visit. He advised them to be attentive and learn while the presentation went on. He then called on Mr Ado Shehu to give the opening remarks on behalf of CITAD. Mr Ado commended the Students for turning up and also advised them to be attentive during the presentations. He then gave the floor to Mr Ahmad A. Yakasai who was the lead presenter. Mr Ahmad A. Yakasai who is an experienced teacher made the class lively by cracking jokes before commencing with his presentation. He told them they were the privileged few who were chosen to attend the class, so they should pay attention. He stressed on the issue of digital divide between the North and the South, and that the North has been lagging behind and has just realised they have been left behind, while the South had gone far. Emphasis was also given on ICTs and gender, where he explained that ICTs were for both gender and the female gender should take this as a wakeup call and embrace the ICTs.
Mr Ahmad went on to explain to them what a Computer is, its components, their functions and primarily their uses. Questions were asked and the successful students were given CITAD magazines. The students also returned the gesture, by asking lots of questions which was positive because it demonstrated that they were paying attention by questions asked. A particular student asked how she could acquire a computer, which made the presenter to provide explanation on CITAD’s Computer Refurbishing Scheme programme which facilitate the channelling of refurbished computers from the UK to the country for donation to schools, community based association and public libraries.
At the end of the presentations and questions and answers, the Vice Principal on behalf of the students and staff of the school expressed their gratitude to the Centre, and urged the centre to take time and revisit the school again with their enlightening programmes.