CLOUD COMPUTING: MAKING THEUNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH PRIVILEGED.
The number of underprivileged youths inNigeria increases on a daily basis due to thecountry’s high poverty rate. According to theWorld Bank (2000), about 70 percent ofNigerians fell below the poverty line of $1.25.These underprivileged youths lack access tothe basic necessities of life with the disablesbeing the hardest hit.
Many of these youths spend their night-timeunder the bridges and on the expressways.This is more pronounced in Lagos State. Theseyouths have little or no education and you willagree with me that education is a verypowerful means for these youths to carve aniche for themselves. The worth of humansociety is not in how much it earns but howmuch it knows (education).
Cloud computing can act as a platform forunderprivileged youths to access education.Cloud computing refers to applications andservices offered over the internet. Theseservices are offered from data centers all overthe world, which collectively are referred to asthe “cloud”. The idea of the “cloud” simplifiesthe many network connections and computersystems involved in online services.
With cloud computing, all that will be neededto make these youths literates will beavailable in the “cloud”. This will eliminate thecost of buying thousands of textbooks andprovide an up to date information on thecourses to be taught. Subjects to be taughtinclude but not limited to EnglishLanguage, Mathematics and among otherrelevant subjects. In addition, we intend tomake these youths IT compliant throughacquisition of IT skills like wordprocessing, internet training, good typingskills, computer management and amongother IT skills.
All the materials needed for our training will beavailable in the “cloud”. Thus, these youths willbe able to access these materials anywhere andanytime with or without the presence of ourtutors.Training will be done in classrooms and thisprogram will commence in Lagos State. For astart, one laptop will be allocated to three (3)youths. With computers getting cheaper by theday, this does not seem unfeasible. Laptop can begotten in Nigeria for #30,000 ($200) which is verycheap if you consider Nigeria’s economy.
Nigeria’s erratic power supply may be aproblem but we intend to solve this by makinguse of solar energy in addition to hydropowerprovided by Nigeria’s power body.
Mathematics English Language Typing Internet Word Processing CLOUDComputer Solar Energy UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTHS OUR MODEL
By 2017, we hope to have empowered about50 percent of underprivileged Nigerian youthsthrough our program all things being equal.We know that there will be lots of challengesbut with strong determination we hope tosurmount these challenges. Challenges areonly stepping stones to success.