ATC Nigeria, in collaboration with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Jobberman and Lead360, is deploying digital villages across Lagos that will serve as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills acquisition centre, designed for youth empowerment.
According to ATC Nigeria, access to the internet is widely seen as a human right in the eyes of millions of people around the world. The internet has evolved to a point where people see internet access as vital for them to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and other fundamental human rights such as education.
In spite of the many benefits of the internet, its reach in Nigeria and Africa remains limited. “Cost, scalability, power outages and educational barriers are only some of the challenges facing the mass roll-out of the internet in Africa. Although Nigeria is ranked as Africa’s highest internet user, its youths still find it difficult to have ubiquitous and cheap internet access
Digital Villages are retrofitted steel shipping containers equipped with work stations to accommodate twelve computers and equipment such as scanners, photocopiers and projectors. Digital Villages utilise the uninterrupted power supply and broadband link from ATC Nigeria’s tower sites to provide host communities with free education and training in ICT and entrepreneurship
Digital Villages are deployed by ATC Nigeria in underserved and often destitute communities with reasonable population density to maximise their use. Through the Digital Village, over 10,000 young people will be trained in digital skills and supported to get jobs.