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Volunteers promote careers in computers
11 February 2009
by Chioma Enemchukwu

The ICT training takes place at the Senior State Secondary school for the hearing and hearing impaired in Surulere, Lagos. (UNV)The ICT training takes place at the Senior State Secondary school for the hearing and hearing impaired in Surulere, Lagos. (UNV)Chioma Enemchukwu is a national UNV volunteer ICT Specialist with Cisco Systems in Lagos, Nigeria. (UNV)Chioma Enemchukwu is a national UNV volunteer ICT Specialist with Cisco Systems in Lagos, Nigeria. (UNV)
Lagos, Nigeria: International Volunteer Day was marked by a one-day seminar with the Senior State Secondary school for the hearing and hearing impaired in Surulere, Lagos. About 200 students attended.

Communication with hearing impaired students was made possible with the aid of a volunteer student of the school, who interpreted the messages through signs and also with the help of a multimedia projector.

The Day began with an opening speech to explain the significance of IVD and the relevance of volunteerism to Nigeria's growth and development. I also gave a presentation titled 'Building a Career in Information and Communications Technology [ICT]'. This presentation was welcomed by the students, who shared with me their interest in pursuing a career in ICT.

Following this was a practical session on computer and networking essentials led by an instructor from the University of Lagos ('Unilag') Cisco Academy and two other academy students from Unilag and the United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) Cisco Academy. They all volunteered their time and effort to join me in making the day a memorable one. The students actively participated in the practical session with great enthusiasm.