Model for Effective and Affordable Technology Education in Africa
Our mission at the Centre for Technology Innovation, is to develop a viable and scalable model for effective and affordable technology education in Africa. Nigeria and other African societies are advancing into the digital age. Our societies are littered with problems technological ideas and tools can resolve. Technology companies are looking for good engineers to hire and our universities are producing graduates ill equipped for the challenge. The problem here is not the lack of virile minds but the absence of effective opportunities and broader frames of reference. Emerging technology incubators are great spaces for innovation, but those who will innovate must have the basic skills to do so. Free online learning resources present a great opportunity, but most people need direction, community and some structure for effective learning. The CTI, currently located in Lagos, Nigeria, deploys open online learning resources in a curated community of learners, around centralised infrastructure, to train software engineers. The Centre prefers an interdisciplinary approach that combines learning in the liberal arts with core computer programing modules, rooted deeply in practice based learning. CTI aims to train engineers who can write good code, in addition to developing valuable critical thinking skills and an appreciation of the consequences of technological innovation in a developing world context.
Our objective is to make our selected youths dependable problem solvers and 100% employable. There are no lectures and exams at CTI. Learning at the Centre is a consistent process of active engagement and practice. Evaluation is always ongoing. The effectiveness, contextual relevance and quality of tangible outputs that our learners produce are the primary measure of the learning outcome. This measure is determined through critiques from mentors, co-learners and users of a product.
The Learning Process
Learners collaborate with others in viewing sessions, daily seminars, writing projects and technical practice. Courses cover introductory and advanced Software Development, Philosophies of Technology and Society, African Literature and Technology and Public Culture. Learners can move at their own pace and are encouraged to advance to new or more complex problems, even if others will take more time to get there. Where they encounter problems that CTI doesn't have the resources to support or provide direction, we rely on our network of industry and faculty consultants and affiliates to provide support or guidance.