Lagos school, Doregos, produces youngest Microsoft certified professionals

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THE dream of the Federal Government in producing kids that will take the country to the next level in ICT is gradually being achieved through Doregos Private Academy in partnership with New Horizons.

Doregos has made another history in the country by becoming the first school to produce the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the area of Client-End Operating system the Microsoft business solution tool.

On Friday February 13, Davidson Oseremen and Alade Oluwaseun aged 12 and 13 respectively, emerged as the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in Nigeria. They are SS1 Science students from Doregos Private Academy, an educational institution that aspires to be the best and unbeaten in the education sector.

Microsoft Certified Professional is an internationally recognised certification programme provided by Microsoft Corporation. This is tailored to building skills on Microsoft Business Solutions, which focuses on Client-End operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista With the skill acquired from this certification, these young Nigerians stand the chance of securing high paying holiday jobs as System Administrators, Helpdesk Support Analyst or a System Engineer.

Moreover, the qualification places them on a higher pedestal when compared with students, their age or class.

It will be recalled that the achievement of these two kids is similar to that of Bill Gates and Michael Dell, who started their software/Hardware projects at around age 13.

In the light of this the school has fully embraced ICT training for her students as introduced by New Horizons Systems Solutions Limited, the initiator and brain behind training of Information Technology courses in Nigerian schools of learning i.e. primary to tertiary institutions.

The school started the ICT Partnership programme with New Horizons Systems Solutions Limited in 2005, making her the first school in Nigeria to integrate ICT training into her academic curriculum from JSS 1 to SSS 3.

It would be recalled that the Proprietress, Mrs C.A. Doregos made a statement that “as a result of our ICT partnership with New Horizons Systems Solutions Limited, we stand a greater chance of retaining all the trophies and medals we have won in various ICT competitions in the past… our students also have a professional touch to computer training.”

By this feat, Doregos products can compete effectively with their counterparts in Europe, America and Asia as the certification is recognised worldwide as the main parameter to determine a candidate’s IT skills.

This decision has endeared the hearts of many parents to the school and records have it that for some parents, who came late to enroll their children at the school it was a case of being turned back as most of the classes were already filled to capacity. This development can be attributed to the disciplined leadership and excellent management style of the Management and staff of the school coupled with the partnership formed with New Horizons.

Since this partnership started, the school has won several awards both at the state and international level. In 2008, the school won the best ICT Students award in Lagos State (Agu Agatha) and Davidson Oseremen assembled Personal Computer System at Sheraton Hotel & Towel in 2007.

The school came 1st in the Young Science Technology Association competition held in Ibadan and later represented Nigeria in Brazil for the International Science Expo, where Nigeria won five medals and two trophies. The school won three medals out of five. She was also first in the National Secondary Schools Intellectual capacity building competition, and Nigerian Science Fair.

New Horizons, the world leading IT company and the first IT company to fully integrate professional ICT Certification courses into Nigerian universities and schools academic curricula is proud to be associated with these achievements, particularly the success of Alade Oluwaseun and Davidson Oseremen for becoming the youngest MCPs’ in Nigeria.

The company implements World Class/ Standard ICT Curriculum using Certified IT Instructors with Original Courseware certified by IT vendors for training both primary and secondary schools.

This achievement is in fulfillment of the vision of Bill Gates, who desired that Information Technology be taught to young people across the world at a very early age in life. This would bring about the sharpening of such young minds in IT related issues.

According to the Principal of the Academy, Mr. J.O. Adebayo “New Horizons without doubt packages World class ICT curriculum for our students. We are really enjoying it.” The Proprietress, Mrs C.O Doregos added that “I’m very happy and excited that my school has produced the youngest Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs). The students have been doing excellently in ICT and all areas of Education. New Horizons has been a blessing to the school in terms of developing the ICT skills of the students”.

She advised school owners and administrators to allow professionals to handle their ICT Training rather than allowing quacks to continue teaching their students, this will also have a great effect in developing technology in Nigeria by providing the right skills, knowledge and tools for the students.

She strongly recommended New Horizons ICT Partnership programme to all schools so that we can breed world class students that will innovate technology to change Nigeria.

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