Huawei Technologies has moved online classes for Nigerian students enrolled at its Authorized Network and Information Academy to ensure efforts are not abandoned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company will engage hundreds of students across the country on their computer screens from the comfort of their homes.
Huawei Technologies, in collaboration with over 70 universities in Nigeria, was established to train students for free on the latest internationally relevant ICT skills in topics such as Networking, Cloud Computing and Big Data. To date, more than 10,000 Nigerian students have benefited.
Some professors and students who spoke gave an idea of the structure of the Huawei ICT Academy online training program and its impact.
Mr. Lawal Ahmad Alassan, Head of the IT Technical Support Unit, Kastina State Institute of Technology and Administration, who is also a Huawei ICT Academy Instructor in Routing, Switching, Storage and Security, said that his first batch of Online classes were held from 10 to 15 May 2020 had between 75 and 50 students from different educational institutions across Nigeria. He said that the classes were divided into 2 classes of 40 each. The training was structured for 3 hours a day with intermediate breaks. The entire course was broken down into 4-5 topics daily.
Speaking of his experience teaching students online, he said: “It was a wonderful experience coming from a virtual classroom hosted by Huawei. The students were so overwhelmed and as we speak we now have over 250 students waiting to be trained and still asking questions and asking training. For some of the students, it was a new experience and they never thought that they could achieve that training process while staying at home. “
Excited by the regular participation of students, he said, “Online training has made instructors and students less concerned with the blockade because we were made to acquire knowledge through Huawei’s training platform in the most incredible way. ” With these trainings, the ICT industry in Nigeria would grow faster. ”
“If our education sector could include virtual classes on our educational platform, it would help solve most of our educational challenges in Nigeria. On behalf of the students and me and the co-instructors, Huawei has turned the stay at home caused by the covid-19 into a blessing in disguise. “Mr. Lawal recommended.
Augustine, another instructor at the Huawei Academy at Port Harcourt University, who teaches programming, algorithms, data structures, and artificial intelligence, said he also taught May 10-15, 2020 with more than 100 students from various locations. in Nigeria (Port Harcourt, Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Niger, Anambra, Delta, etc.) According to him, “the experience was very refreshing and the students were eager to learn.”
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“The participation of the students was encouraging, since most of them always came early to join the meeting. They also participated during the practical sessions. The content of the entire content of the Routing and Change curriculum was covered with a focus on key issues. “
Speaking about the impact of training on students, Agustín said: “Training would be very beneficial for students and society in general, since it not only provides them with the necessary experience to boost their career but also a source of inspiration to new ideas in networking in creativity. “
NgeiMkpuru-mpio, a participating student said: “The HCIA training was insightful and detailed, albeit in a short time. It forms a foundation for my Huawei 5G career. “
AkpunonuChidozie Joseph, participating student, also said: “Networking is one of my favorite courses and HCIA R&S has enlightened me more about IT and E-LEARNING, proving that everything is possible without class despite the challenges of network and other things. It has been added to my skill base and has also enriched my CV. “
Erewari Eke, a participating student said: “My learning experience in the HCIA Routing and Change class was educational and I was able to understand what the teacher explained better than the actual written explanation in the pdf. I learned how to navigate and manage Huawei products through the virtual routing platform, I built efficient data switching environments through switching product management and link layer protocol manipulation, I understood the routing principles and configured protocols RIP / OSPF routing and many more. As a computer scientist, it will help me a lot as I progress on the real life network. Thank you.”
Elele Gideon, a participating student, said: “I am very happy to have benefited from these Huawei virtual classrooms across the country. I learned a lot about topics like IP address, subnets, design and implementation of business networks. The program was ingenious and helped my understanding of technology, regardless of length. I look forward to more workouts like this. Very grateful to Huawei for organizing this. ”
According to Kenneth Igwe, manager of channel training for Huawei (development of the ICT talent ecosystem) in Nigeria, “although we live in difficult times with Covid19, Huawei will not give up on making knowledge available to students across the country. Huawei plans to certify 2,000 Nigerian students in basic technology courses during this pandemic period, through online training and certification. “
“Through online home training, our Academy partners stay safe and also enhance students’ ability to learn.”