This year, we are proud to support the innovation drive of The Destiny Trust as one of our key projects.
The Destiny Trust is a social intervention focused on the care, education, rehabilitation and empowerment of homeless children. The Trust, with substantial support from GAMSU, has opened a coding and innovation development centre at Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, for less-privileged kids.
The centre, ‘Kids Innovation Hub’, was launched on Saturday May 26, and aims to empower rehabilitated street children and other young people from low-economic backgrounds with computer programming skills, and to support them in developing their ideas of relevant technology solutions especially for education and entertainment.
In the pilot phase of the project, the Centre targets equipping about 500 less-privileged children with digital skills. Children with specialised interest in computer programming will be enrolled in the Hub’s advanced programmes for coding and programming. With this, the organisation hopes it can give opportunity to under-represented children to acquire one of the most valuable skills in the future of work and also participate in the economy of the technology space.
Other partners include CodeLagos (Lagos State Government initiative to train 1 million programmers), Flying Doctors Nigeria and Mind the Gap, a key STEMS education stakeholder providing personnel and technical resource at the Hub.
The Centre will implement Lagos State’s Coding Education Framework and also sign up as a Cisco Academy Centre providing opportunity to participants to obtain Cisco certification after successfully undertaking Cisco’s online certification programmes.