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NCC, Nigeria to empower 581 schools

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The telecommunications regulator of Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will empower 581 schools and colleges with ICT equipments nationwide. This number consists of 221 to be achieved under the NCC's Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) and the other 360 to be made up from the NCC secretariat under the auspices of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

The first phase of the DAP project was launched on 2004 with 12 institutions spread across the six geopolitical zones. Now, the project will cover 80 schools and each school would be equipped with at least 20 Personal Computers (PCs), furniture and Internet facilities. In addition, the programme will provide basic training for the teachers and students to enable them effectively use the provided ICT tools. According to a recent report of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), although learning to read and write requires significant guidance and a degree of formalized education, learning to use a computer and other modern technologies could be an intuitive process. The computer set up in public areas in slum neighborhoods of India showed that curious children in these areas became proficient in browsing the Internet and using certain computer programmes within days.

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