SafetyOracle Academy has completed the first “Train the Trainer” Introduction to Computer Science (ICS) course in Lagos, covering database design and programming with SQL.

Twenty Five faculty members from Cross River University attended the course delivered by Nigerian professor Dr. Abel Usoro, who teaches the Oracle Academy course at the West of Scotland University

The addition of this course to the already successful Oracle Academy engagement in Nigeria further affirms Oracle’s commitment to support the development of computer science skills, which are fundamental to economic growth and business development

The Oracle Academy training also supports the development of 21st Century Skills – including collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.  The training requires students to use these skills in their projects from the idea-gathering and design stage at the beginning to the final presentation of their work.

Jane Richardson, Regional Director, Oracle Academy, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Computer science is a 21st century skill, and the technology industry has a role to play in ensuring that students around the globe have access to high quality curriculum and resources that help them gain industry relevant knowledge and skills. Robust training programmes for teachers and faculty are a critical component of Oracle Academy’s effort to enhance computer science education.  We are excited to extend our engagement with universities in Nigeria by adding this Train the Trainer Introduction to Computer Science course to our existing Advanced Computer Science program.”

Adebayo Sanni, Country Manager of Oracle Nigeria adds, “Our job as an industry leader is to help teachers impart globally transferable skill sets to their students, ones that will be of relevance to a broad spectrum of careers.”

Dr Abel Usoro said, “It was my absolute pleasure to be invited by Oracle Academy to deliver this training. My presence was abundantly rewarded by the enthusiasm of the participants, and we ended the 3-day training with great expectations for a positive future of high quality database specialists who will continue to drive the engine of growth in the country.”

Participant in the training and Director for the Centre for ICT, Cross River University Nigeria, Mr. Terrence Eyo said, “The training was a very rewarding exercise. The in-class format allowed us the opportunity to have hands-on experience. It will be excellent if we can impart this knowledge on to our students, not only those studying Computer Science, but others that may benefit from this for use in their future careers.”