Showing posts with label education. Show all posts
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bowen University Beats 14 Institutions To Win Computer Programming Contest.

Bowen University Beats 14 Institutions To Win Computer Programming Contest.

Bowen University Beats 14 Institutions To Win Computer Programming Contest.

Bowen University Emerges Overall Winner In Computer Programming Contest

A group of three students from the Osun State based private institution, Bowen University, on Friday emerged the overall winner of the 2019 Nigeria Universities Programming Contest (NUCPC), after slugging it out with 15 other teams.

Bowen University is a private institution owned by the Baptist Church and run by the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
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FreshReporters News understood that the winning team will at the next level of the contest represent Nigeria with three others that came second, third and fourth in the upcomming Africa and Arab Collegiate Programming Championship (ACPC).

Earlier, Prof. Stephen Onah, the Director/Chief Executive of the National Mathematical Centre (NMC), in a speech at the closing ceremony in Sheda, Kwali Area Council, congratulated all the participants, saying that everyone was a winner.
Bowen University Emerges Overall Winner In Computer Programming Contest
Participants at the 2019 NUCPC, organised by NMC
“For many reasons, this contest in itself is not an all comers contest. Its goal was to select the best from different universities. Before you came, you were among the top persons within your departments.

“You have been ranked as the best three in each of the levels, so no one is the least intelligent among you.”

Onah also said that in order to sustain and encourage the learning of computer programming, the Centre had collaborated with other relevant stakeholders to create clubs in the schools.
According to him, this will help the Centre to “catch them young” through different intellectual activities like debates and competitions, among others.

“This annual Nigeria Universities Programming Contest (NUCPC) for the 16 teams from Nigerian universities is in fulfillment of the mandate of NMC,” he added.

Similarly, Mrs. Oluchi Bamidele, the Coordinator, Computer Science Programme of NMC, said that the aim of the contest was to discover young talents in Computer Science/IT in the universities across the country.

“The contest also seeks to foster creativity, teamwork and innovation in building new software programmes and enable students to test their abilities to perform under pressure,’’ he said.
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According to her, each university presented a minimum of one team and a maximum of three teams with each team comprising three members.

She said that the participants at the contest were undergraduate students, who had had less than five years of undergraduate studies before the competition.

Also speaking, Mr Mohamed Fouad, the Executive Director, ACPC, expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the participants and encouraged them to study harder so as to compete favourably globally.

Fouad said that the NUCPC was the most prestigious national programming contest.

“I’m very happy to see these bright students participating in the competition. This is the first time we are conducting this competition internationally.

“The conduct here is better than many other countries we have visited, considering the fact that this is the first time the country is hosting it.

“However, the students need to train hard, they need to train more and more, because internationally, they need to solve between 3,000 and 5,000 problems before we go to their final rounds.
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“This is their first experience in this type of competition, so they need to try harder to reach the international level,” he reiterated.

He also said that the team from the Africa and Arab Collegiate Programming Championship had concluded plans to conduct free online training for the teams that qualified for the next level.

Kindly wish them success!

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

VP Osinbanjo: We Need Institution That Will Produce Cutting Edge AI Applications

VP Osinbanjo: We Need Institution That Will Produce Cutting Edge AI Applications

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria needs an institution that will produce cutting edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications for education, business, medicine, security among others.
VP Osinbanjo: We Need Institution That Will Produce Cutting Edge AI Applications
VP Osinbajo, Federal Republic Of Nigeria

Osinbajo expressed this view in his keynote address at the First Board Meeting/Fund Raising dinner in aid of the establishment of the Nigerian University of Technology and Management (NUTM) on Wednesday in Lagos.

He said that once in the life of a nation or community a vision emerged to do something truly extraordinary; something truly game-changing and  capable of decisively impacting the development of a nation.

“I think we are at such a moment here today; we gather to give life to an elite school of Science and Technology.

“Indeed, there must be an institution whose sole objective is to inspire innovation, inventions and research that address the most crucial problems of the nation and the world.

“How do we solve peculiar African health challenges such as Sickle cell Anaemia, fibroids and cancers?

“Clearly we need an institution able to provide the atmosphere to invent agricultural inputs that will guarantee the huge yields per acreage or volumes in dairy and livestock to meet the food security needs of a country headed for the third position in population size in a few short years.

“An institution that will produce cutting edge AI applications for education, business medicine, and security.

“ One that can design the educational innovation required to train millions of children in or out of classrooms all across the country and provide the techniques for delivering opportunities in technology on scale.’’

Osinbajo said that Nigeria must  produce world class economists, managers of commerce in a world increasingly disrupted by technology and innovation.

He said the nation must convert its best young minds to creative thinkers, innovators in science, technology, the economy, commerce and public finance.

According to him, Nigeria already has several tertiary institutions of science and technology and management sciences all over the country but NUTM comes with a difference.

“But what is proposed is an Institution intentionally created as a world class centre for the training of the best Nigerian minds and talents.

“The institution must also engage the best academics and scholars, locally and internationally.

“This is not an institution that we have seen the likes before locally; the comparators are the deliberate creation of thinkers in the public and private sectors like ourselves all around the world.
“The vision is clear but the key of course is funding.

“ As is the case with comparable institutions all over the world, the NUTM must have considerable resources to support high quality research.

“The implications of this are vast; to excite research NUTM ought to be able to attract to residence Nobel laureates and international leaders of thought and innovation; that will cost money,’’ he said.

He said a remarkable thing about the initiative was that the people behind it were all people who had been successful in creating high-quality institutions in other fields whether it be in the private or public sector.

The vice president  pledged Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that  the initiative succeeded as it was not just a project  but a vital national resource.

On his part, NUTM board member, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, said the aspiration was to build a world-class university in Nigeria that would provide such academic excellence and rigour that would be globally competitive.

The immediate past Minister of Trade and Investment said that the proposed institution would play a central role in repositioning Nigeria and Africa for competitiveness in the 21st century.

“It will provide top-tier education for our children and unlock the many benefits that the ecosystem of a world-class school will produce.
“This university will specialise in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and is positioned to be a landmark centre of excellence that will serve not only Nigeria, but also Africa and beyond,” he said.

In a presentation, NUTM board member, Dr Pramath Sinha, said that the institution would leverage learnings from young institutions in countries like India and would focus on research and innovation.

He said that NUTM would target to be among top 50 young universities in the world.

NAN
Nigerian Emerges 2nd Best In 2019 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Nigerian Emerges 2nd Best In 2019 Commonwealth Essay Competition

Nigerian Emerges 2nd Best In 2019 Commonwealth Essay Competition
A 17-year-old Nigerian student, Nnemdi Ozoemena, has emerged the runner-up in the senior category of the 2019 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Mr Blackson Bayewumi, Country Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria and Chairman Nigeria Conversation, said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

Bayewumi said that the Federal Ministry of Education had on March 11, inaugurated the competition in Abuja on behalf of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Nigeria during commemoration of the Commonwealth Day.

According to him, the Royal Commonwealth Society in Nigeria inaugurated the Essay Competition in Lagos on Feb. 20, 2019 and that the competition was held all over the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth.

Ozoemena emerged runner-up courtesy of her literary piece chosen from more than 11,000 entries from across the five regions of the Commonwealth.

“She wrote about “Hello” a tale of two young people struggling with issues in their society and who do not feel truly appreciated for whom they are told through direct messages on Twitter.

“From different countries, backgrounds they find common ground and become friends; the One Final Panel Judge described the piece as ‘shop window of how youth are speaking to each other today’.

“Ozoemena will be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace where the Duchess of Cornwall will present them with their certificates on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen,” he said.

Bayewumi said that Ozoemena came closely behind a 15-year-old Canadian, Beached Wang, in the senior category.

He added that Veronica Shen, 13, from Singapore emerged winner in the junior category while 12-year-old Ghanaian, Elise Jensen, emerged runner-up.

He, however, said that the senior category was for people between the ages of 14 years and 18 years, while the junior category was for those who were 13 years old and below.

Bayewumi said that notable authors would read extracts from the winning pieces at the ceremony as part of a week of cultural and educational activities in London, UK.

He explained that the 2019 competition titled “Connected Commonwealth” required applications on how the contestants could use cultural, technological, and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth.

Topics for the competition provided room for young people to write on ways that Commonwealth potentials could be used to strengthen the vast and varied links between citizens.

“It is important to conclude that Nigerian young people have the competence, capacities, capabilities, and intelligence to compete globally and excel if given the opportunity and the right environment.

“While few Nigerian youths indulge themselves in crime, there are millions others making the nation proud in academics, sports, science and technology, entertainment, and other dignifying human endeavours,” he said.

He said that a pan-Commonwealth body consisting of more than 100 volunteer judges across 40 different countries assessed the entries for the competition.

Bayewumi also said that the judges commented on the skill and talent shown by any of the young writers, with entries described as ‘massively memorable’ and ‘very powerful’.

The competition is the oldest international schools’ writing competition organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society founded in 1868, as network of individuals and organisations to improve prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world.

The society seeks to promote Commonwealth societal values through youth empowerment, education and advocacy.

NAN

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Meet Emmanuella Mayaki: 10-Year-Old Nigerian Genius Who Got Teaching Appointment At UK School

Meet Emmanuella Mayaki: 10-Year-Old Nigerian Genius Who Got Teaching Appointment At UK School

Emmanuella Mayaki, a 10-year old kid, has been offered a teaching appointment for making some technological changes to an Artificial Intelligence project.
Meet Emmanuella Mayaki: 10-Year-Old Nigerian Genius Who Got Teaching Appointment At UK School

Emmanuella is proficient in all main Microsoft programs and has even launched a website of her own - Vanguard reports

After the after-school club at the Southfields Primary School, Coventry, England realised her technological skill set and her passion for work, it offered the 10-year-old the opportunity to teach so she could show others the amazing things she can do.

Martin Benbeidge, one of the instructors at the school, said Emmanuella is not only the school’s star, but has superior skill and passion for sharing knowledge.

Despite what she has been able to achieve at such tender age, the 10-year old is not slowing down as she hopes to learn more programming languages like Prolong and Lisp as soon as possible, a move which would aide her further knowledge of Java and Python Coder.

The little girl said she wants the Nigerian government to put up infrastructure that would allow kids in the country to learn some computer skills and be able to code too.

The girl when describing what she does, she said....“I want to become a machine learning engineer because I have experience in programming and my job is to program a machine to perform specific tasks. My knowledge of modern software such as Eclipse, which I use to program Java applications, is also part of the reasons I want to be a machine learning engineer”.

She also added during the interview that she has wanted to teach children because she believes technology is the future, saying technology learning at a tender age will create a better society.
Meet Emmanuella Mayaki: 10-Year-Old Nigerian Genius Who Got Teaching Appointment At UK School

“In the code club, I am teaching HTML and CSS, also Graphics because if you build a website you need some graphics to add on to the page. In the Club, there are currently about nine pupils. 
Hopefully, the club will increase its members in September,” she said.

She also advised all Nigerian kids that it is not too early to start, saying age is not a barrier. She said it is wrong for parents to keep computers away from their six or seven year olds fearing that they may spoil them.

“I think it’s wrong for parents not to allow a child that is up to six or seven years to go near their computer, fearing that they will spoil it because part of what helped me was privilege of accessibility. 

“Today, my Academy App among others is already on Google play store where I pass on knowledge of coding and graphics. I remember at age seven, I set a target to become a professional web designer and analyst at age nine, and I have accomplished it,” she said.

VANGUARD/LEGIT

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Gov. Udom Calls For Restructuring Of The Educational System To Meet Current Realities.

Gov. Udom Calls For Restructuring Of The Educational System To Meet Current Realities.

Gov. Udom Calls For Restructuring Of The Educational System To Meet Current Realities.

Gov. Udom Emmanuel has called on relevant authorities in the nation’s education sector to review the educational system to meet current realities.

The governor made the call while addressing participants at the concluding session of the 1st Akwa Ibom State Education Summit and Exhibitions.

He maintained that education must be tailored towards producing entrepreneurs and craftsmen in vocations that will add value to the society, adding that Akwa was already making moves to achieve that.

“I am looking at a situation where certain categories of skilled labour are produced here and when the need arises for their services such craftsmen would be fetched here”, he stated.

Governor Udom further disclosed that ten indigenes of Akwa Ibom state are to be enrolled for studies in textile engineering in a Europe based institution come September, 2020.

“Yesterday, officials of an  institution in Europe watched this programme live and communicated to me, saying that by September next year, they will grant scholarship to ten Akwa Ibom citizens to study Textile Engineering,” he said.

He noted with displeasure that lack of capacity building has been the major problem in the society, saying “the problem in Nigeria is not unemployment but capacity building, if we can build our capacity, certificate will not be an issue”.

The governor hinted that arrangements have been completed for the establishment of Computer Laboratories in at least 10 schools, one in each of the 10 Federal Constituencies of the state.

He explained that the Modular Classrooms built in  Primary Schools within the Uyo urban are technologically designed to fast track communication with schools in the remote areas, pointing out that the technology will simplify learning as knowledge will be transferred with the in-built facilities.

Earlier while delivering a lecture the Chief Human Resources Officer, Dangote Worldwide, Logos State, Mr. Usen Udoh, advocated a change in teaching method and curriculum of studies .

Mr Udoh whose lecture was titled: “knowledge as a Bedrock for Entrepreneurship, Job  And Wealth Creation”, said that 21st century education adopts problem identification method and ability to solve such problems, rather than training on grammar qualification.

He said  emphasis is on skilled based education and that internship and industrial experience are preferred to theoretical experience as employers do not look at certificate but qualifications that can solve problems.

He however called on the organisers of the summit to come up with educational roadmap that will transcend different administrations in
the State.

For a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Akaneren Essien, he identified appropriate funding of education as key to functional education, maintaining that there exist a nexus between capacity building and funding of education.

Prof. Essien pointed out that poor or improper funding and implementation of projects in the  educational system could have poor effects on student’s performance.

He therefore called for collaborative funding of education, which he explained, covers funding from family, Parent Teachers Association , Corporate bodies, Government, Alumni Associations etc. in order to achieve the desired results.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Unilag Students Invent Flood Level Caution Device To Save Road Users

Unilag Students Invent Flood Level Caution Device To Save Road Users

Three University of Lagos students have invented a vehicular road advance electronic flood level caution device for detection of water levels on major roads.
Unilag Students Invent Flood Level Caution Device To Save Road Users
FreshReporters News gathered that the inventors are postgraduate students of the Physics Department of the university.

One of the researchers, Mr Olufemi Ilori, told our source on the sideline of its exhibition in Lagos that the device, already patented, was to detect water levels on major roads and raise alarm to warn the public on the inherent danger to road users.

FreshReporters News reports that the device is among research products showcased at the ongoing 14th University of Lagos Annual Research Conference and Fair.

The International Conference of the Humanities and Science which began on Wednesday had the theme: “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities for 21st Research and Development’’.

Ilorin said: “It took the three of us – myself, Dr Raheem Isiaka and the lead researcher, Dr Uzoma Oduah – about one year to come up with this device after several failed attempts.

“This device is basically to save lives, as many people sometimes get caught unawares.

“We had to come up with this device which is to be installed where it is needed. It is for detection of rising water levels on the road, forewarn you on the need to use alternate routes and thereby avert flood hazards.’’

Ilori said that flood disaster risks would be reduced by installing the device especially in cities.

He said that there were negotiations already with the Lagos State Government on installing the device on major roads.

According to him, the applied technology of rising water detection is cheap, reliable, efficient and durable, and covers wider road networks when installed on street lights.

We have many challenges in the country, and the way to solve the challenges is through solution-driven research.

“If we go into research without coming out with solutions to problems, then that is no research,” he said.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Trump Boosts Bills To Teach His Favorite Book — The Bible — In Public Schools

Trump Boosts Bills To Teach His Favorite Book — The Bible — In Public Schools

Trump boosts bills to teach his favorite book — the Bible — in public schools
President Trump signaled his support on Monday for state bills that would allow public schools to teach courses in the Bible, which he once proclaimed was his favorite book.

Trump’s tweet came minutes after “Fox & Friends” aired a segment Monday morning on pending legislation in six states — Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia — that would allow Bible literacy courses to become a part of a public school education.

“Nothing beats the Bible,” Trump famously said on the campaign trail in 2015 — not even “The Art of the Deal.”

The Christian activists who crafted the template for inserting the Bible into public school curricula celebrated the president’s endorsement of the idea.

“We were excited to see it happen,” Steven Fitschen, president of the National Legal Foundation, told Yahoo News. “The model bill that we were involved with is for the state level, but we were excited to see him use his bully pulpit, so to speak.”

Fitschen said the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation — a nonprofit group formed by former Virginia Republican Congressman J. Randy Forbes to promote “restoring Judeo-Christian principles” — hired him to help draft the text of legislation that could withstand First Amendment challenges to teaching the Bible in schools.

“We looked at what was already in existence and tried to craft a model bill so we could eliminate any constitutional problems, so there could be a course that taught about Islam or Buddhism or any other religion. Many other schools already have comparative religion courses,” Fitschen said. “The reason we centered in on the Bible, the Old Testament and the New Testament, is the history of the country, how much of our idiom and our political framework, all these things that were biblically derived because of the historical situation with many of the early colonists.”

The American Civil Liberties Union blasted both the attempt to infuse Bible literacy courses in public schools and Trump’s support of it. Its concern is that, notwithstanding Fitschen’s self-proclaimed commitment to religious neutrality, in practice the courses could, at least in some states, amount to a form of Christian evangelism.

“Yet again, President Trump is exploiting religious divisions to score political points. Public school Bible courses are rarely taught neutrally and objectively as required by the Constitution,” Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, told Yahoo News in an email. “Instead, these courses usually resemble Sunday school classes that blatantly violate students’ and parents’ First Amendment rights. Religious education is best left to families and faith communities, not public school officials.”

Just as the pro-business American Legislative Exchange Council crafts model bills that can be adapted and introduced in states across the country, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation’s blueprint for inserting the Bible into public schools follows a similar starter-kit approach.

“We don’t get involved with the legislative battles,” Fitschen said. “Instead what we do is we put together model bills that we think would work in any of the 50 states, and it’s up on the foundation website.”

While bills following the foundation’s template failed to pass in Alabama, Iowa and West Virginia last year, Kentucky passed its version, House Bill 128, in 2017, over objections from the ACLU, and it was signed into law by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Supporters of Bible literacy classes say the text is being taught as a historical and cultural document, but the ACLU contends that including it in the curriculum is a way to promote religion.

In several of these classes, teachers are using the Bible to impart religious life lessons and actively inculcate Christianity,” the ACLU of Kentucky wrote in a letter last year to schools seeking clarity on how the text would be presented to students.

Bills written by pro-religious groups that seek to influence the public school curriculum are not uncommon in the U.S. A new Florida measure authored by the Florida Citizens Alliance and sponsored in the state’s Legislature by Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley seeks to require public schools to teach alternatives to climate change and evolution.

A September poll from the Public Religion Research Institute found Trump’s approval rating from white evangelicals holding firm at 71 percent, and Monday’s tweet probably won’t change that.

A course in Biblical literacy might have helped Trump, who once mistakenly referred to one of the New Testament books as “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians” — embarrassingly, at a speech at the evangelical Liberty University.

On its website, the National Legal Foundation says its mission is to “prayerfully create and implement innovative strategies that, through decisive action, will cause America’s public policy and legal system to support and facilitate God’s purpose for her.”

Both the NLF and the CPCF view their goal of seeing Bible literacy taught in schools in all 50 states as a longterm project.

“I expect in some the states where it has failed they’ll try again,” Fitschen said.