The Federal Government at the weekend kicked off boot camp training for pupils within 8 to 11 in various aspects of Information and Communications Technology.
It was revealed that the decision to introduce the children to ICT was to ensure that they are part and parcel of the fourth industrial revolution sweeping across the world.
The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Malam Abdullahi Kashifu said the government decision was part of a strategic plan to put ICT in every home across Nigeria.
The programme which took place at the Federal Civil Service Training Institute, Kubwa, Abuja, was organised by the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), an arm of NITDA.
He said the kids were taught robotics, coding, drones, and digital communication, among others.
Kashifu said: “SB4Kids is part of NITDA’s effort towards implementing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), particularly the NDEPS’s pillar-digital literacy and skills.
“The quality of education, especially Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is deteriorating in our country, as evident from the recent performance of students in major national examinations.