MTN Foundation partners, Oracle to empower about 2,000 MTNF scholars in Java Fundamental and Oracle Database trainings
Isaiah Onwuanumba MTN Foundation in partnership with Oracle announced that it has kicked-off the second phase of its collaboration plan to empower up to 2,000 MTNF scholars in the areas of Java Fundamental and Oracle Database trainings, a statement said.
It added that the move is aimed at developing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills in Nigerian students.
‘‘This is in line with MTNF Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme that has provided hundreds of brilliant but indigent students the opportunity to acquire qualitative tertiary education.’’
The second phase of the initiative focuses on teaching database design and SQL and Java programming skills to MTN Foundation Scholars, using Oracle Academy curriculum and hosted on-line learning materials.
Speaking on the initiative, the Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma, said, the program is part of the foundation’s initiative to encourage Nigerian students to take interest in science and technology-related courses for the ultimate benefit of the country.
“With the rapid adoption of technology in Nigeria, it is imperative that students are equipped with the right skills and this program would help to boost ICT skills in the beneficiaries and avail them valuable opportunities after completing the database design and SQL and Java programming courses.” The training program, which is solely online based, will run for 18 weeks with 2 lectures per week and participants are expected to log on to the online classrooms.
It would be recalled that the first phase of the collaboration saw Mufutau Akuruyejo, an MTN Foundation scholar, leave for Switzerland to participate in the nine-week CERN open-lab program. Akuruyejo is the first Nigerian to participate in this intensive program, which was made possible with the support of MTN Foundation and Oracle.
– Isaiah Onwuanumba