Celebrating the world’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) Trained at New Horizons, Nigeria
In the world today, information and communications technology (ICT)has become the driver of world economy, this is because we are in the era of knowledge based, we have passed the industrial age, the Agricultural age and what have you. Frankly speaking the future of any nation today is based on how they are able to embrace ICT for development (ICT4D).This development comes with it an attendant benefit in job creation and economic growth.
In developed nations, they have advance in many of these things because they have the enabling environment not that they are more intelligent or better endowed intellectually than Nigerians, this is quite obvious when we see Nigerians who leave the shores of this nation and become great names in IT abroad.
With a lot of opportunities in ICT, Africa especially Nigeria which houses the largest number of black people in this part of the world is not known for any good thing ICT wise, that is the way the outside world sees us but today the story has gradually changed as we celebrate the Youngest Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) in the world produced from a leading IT training centre in Nigeria called New Horizons.
New Horizons has been in the fore of human capacity development through IT training. They have been rated by IDC as the number 1 ICT Training centre in the world and no wonder they were able to achieve this feat. They are also credited to be the first to integrate ICT certification-based training into secondary and tertiary institutions.
Little Master Tamilore Adekunle-Bello and Little Miss Mayode Oluwaremi both aged 8, pupil of Dansol nursery and primary school, Ikeja, Lagos are the Youngest Microsoft Certified Professionals in the world today. They got this brilliant achievement at MCP exam they sat on Saturday, 26th June, 2010.This is worth celebrating.
In an event where the two kids where honored recently in Lagos, the CEO of New Horizons, Mr. Tim Akano whose passion for youth development through ICT training was quite obvious in his narration of his experience and how he has decided to make a change in the lives of young Nigerians who he said are the future of the country through New Horizons training centers across the country. He stated that Nigerian kids have great potentials if only they could be directed aright through IT Empowerment.
In a related development, the Director of the schools, Madam A.A.Akinyemiju said they she wasn’t surprise that the school has produced the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional because it is in life with the vision of the school is to train children who will stand out and be different to make a difference. She was happy that the partnership with New Horizons and Microsoft in this wise has produced a world feat worth celebrating.
In his comments at the event, Mr Dayo Talabi, the Business development manager (schools), New Horizons stated that New Horizons are determined to produce even more kids and youths that are IT professionals through their several programs at the centre. In a chat with the kids, I personally saw the intelligence of these kids and how conscience they were about the feat they have achieved through their speeches at the event.
More importantly, we can do more if the enabling environment is provided for the youths of this nation.