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TechQuest Aims to Teach African Child How to Program a Computer

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Paul Solomon on July 8, 2015 - 2:52 pm in Education, Entrepreneurship, Technology

Our overall objective is to make the name TechQuest synonymous with our cause – “We believe every African child should learn (know) how to program a computer” – while sustaining remarkable returns on our investment, as well as being socially-responsible to our country (continent).
Partnership, has been identified as a critical success factor for TechQuest Camps & TechQuest Clubs across Nigeria and Africa. Forging partnerships with technology-focussed OEMs, training providers and incubators/accelerators such as Google, Microsoft, Huawei, Pluralsight, Codecademy, , iDEA Nigeria, Co-Creation Hub, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and forging new ones is of immense benefit to TechQuest. Strong strategic partners guaranty us audience, access, reach, content, finance, international exposure, media coverage, goodwill, students (& their tuition fees), as well as franchisees (& associated licensing fees).

Key Activities
Sensitization Seminar/Awareness Workshop for School Proprietors, Principals, Head Teachers, Teachers, Parents, Parents’ Teachers’ Associations, Government Agency Officials (Information & Communication technology and Education).

Partner Engagement
– Local and Multinational Technology brands e.g. Huawei, Interswitch, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Samsung etc.
– Local and International Training Companies e.g. Codecademy. Code.org, Pluralsight, FutureSoft, W-TEC etc
– Innovation Centres – Co-Creation Hub, iDEA Nigeria
– Government Agencies – Federal Ministry of Communications & Technology, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), National Communications Commission (NCC) etc.
– Local and International Educational Institutions – Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Obafemi Awolowo University Ife, University of Uyo etc.
Corporate Organizations – Banks, Oil & Gas Companies, FMCG Companies, “Children-friendly” brands (e.g. Ribena, Nutri-C, Indomie)
– Banks, Telcos, Oil & Gas companies

Empowerment and Employability Programme
To achieve a true national spread of TechQuest across the 36 states (774 Local Governments) of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, thousands of qualified trainers and teaching assistants will be required. TechQuest plans to run a Train-the-Trainer programme to equip potential trainers with the knowledge and skills required to deliver the TechQuest curriculum.
– School Teachers
– National Directorate of Employment (Job Creation)
– National Youth Service Corps
– Volunteers
– Local and International Non-Governmental Organizations and Donor Agencies.

Patrons
The idea behind having “Patrons” is to be able to get notable Nigerians in the Information Technology sector to “support” or “endorse” the program. This can lead to opening of doors, financial, material and moral support e.g Leo Stan Ekeh of Zinox Computers, Cosmas Maduka of Coscharis Technologies, Ernest Ndukwe the former Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Omobola Johnson the former Minister of Communication, Jim Ovia the former MD/CEO of Zenith Bank/Visafone, Tony Elumelu, the former MD/CEO of United Bank for Africa, Uzoma Dozie, MD of Diamond Bank, Funke Opeke, the CEO of MainOne Cable Company, Tomi Davies, MD of TechnoVision. We could also get them to be interviewed and put into our documentary video much the same way similar foreign initiatives interview Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple) and Mark Zuckeberg (Facebook).

Clubs & Competitions
Much like you have JETS Club, Drama Clubs and Essay Competitions, Maths Competitions (often sponsored by big brands such as Peak Milk, Bournvita, Cowbell, Milo etc) TechQuest Clubs will adopt this same pattern. Starting Technology Clubs in schools as part of extra-curricular activities and facilitating regional and national competitions could be a major platform for increasing our visibility and eventual profitability.

Licensees & Franchises
The NIIT and Aptech models come to mind here. If we can develop a very rich program tailored for children that has local and foreign partners on board, the vision is to have every aspiring organization, school or small business seeking to license/franchise our TechQuest Academy curriculum or model. NIIT and Aptech are two relatively successful Indian “Computer Schools” that have hundreds of licensees and franchises all over the world.

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