THE BIG PICTURE

Building the future’s ICT workforce

Building up student/pupil experts as the workforce of future advancement for tomorrow’s Information andCommunication Technology. It shall seek to ensure acquisition of computer skills, exposure to a real ICT world (seminar, workshops, exhibitions, etc.), impose professional responsibilities on school ICT team leaders, build self esteem for members, and motivate young growing children to embrace the appropriate use of the computer.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

1.       Members develop important skills that they can use to further their education and to make them marketable in the job market.
2.     Members learn about how they want to represent themselves and their school to the rest of the world and the impact this  can have.
3.     Members can become ICT leaders in their regular classes, helping other students learn more about how to properly use the computer or the internet.
4.     Members are exposed to exhibitions, seminars, workshops, debates, ICT competitions, and ICT companies.
5.     Members have links to club sites and to specific examples of different kinds of projects students and computer/web clubs have created.
6.     Periodic features about specific clubs that include detailed discussions of some of the more innovative and useful things that the clubs have done.
7.     A newsletter/magazine featuring events to which members/visitors/non-members may subscribe.
8.     Membership offers opportunities for courses for young growing children on how to use technology in education, especially where these courses might be of benefit  to school clubs.               

ICT TEAM LEADERS MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
1.      ICT team Leaders are members who are excellent role models for the rest of the school community. Younger students are inspired to become ICT team Leaders. Students receive help from someone in their peer group rather than from a teacher. ICT team Leaders serve both the teacher and student in the classroom.                                              
2.      ICT team members have self-esteem as a result of acquiring skills, additional knowledge, and refined social skills. They become interested and involved in school.
3.      Apart from working with software with the student and teacher, they help maintain the computers in the classroom.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

1.      Community benefits because children are ready to meet the challenges of the future.
2.      Students have opportunity for hands-on experience which their families are not able to provide.

SCHOOL BENEFITS
1.      As students build their self-esteem, so do schools.
2.      Best schools benefit by receiving awards of computers, plagues, free advertisement placement on our newsletter or magazine, and backdrop on our website.
3.      Schools with the best equipped ICT suite for sound computer education are published termly. Proprietors of such schools will be interviewed about their present ICT development and their focus for the future. Such interviews will be published.   

AISA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
(Africa Information Security Association)
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the organ of the United Nations responsible for Information and Communications Technology issues, sets aside the 17th of May of every year to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) with focus on a very topical theme that addresses current and relevant issues that relate to the application of ICT for development and growth worldwide. AISA is an organ of ITU here in Africa propagating the protection of Children in Cyberspace”.

While children and young people need to use the internet for growth and development, the same ICT driven environment can be a source of concern and abuse. Already, there is widespread global concern about the lack of regulation of the content of the internet. Stakeholders including governments, parents, educators, counselors, psychologists, ICT professionals and NGOs are worried about the ever growing internet addiction among children and young persons as well as what they are exposed to.

To this end, the African Information Security Association (AISA) organizes programs on the Protection of Children and Young People Online. It is aimed at promoting the adoption of policies and strategies that will protect children in cyberspace and promote their safe access to online resources.
Students have special privilege of attending seminars, workshops, or forums on Cyber safety from time to time at different local government areas in Nigeria. 
For more information, visit PROTECTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ONLINE 
                                                                 
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

1.      Create a massive internet awareness campaign targeted particularly at parents, educators and counselors.  
2.     Bring about sustainable collaborative efforts among stakeholders towards promoting a safe Internet culture among children and young people in Africa. 
3.     Advocate that Children and young people should adopt well established Internet etiquette (Netiquette) while working online. 
4.     Urge all professionals within the ICT industry, in the interest of the society, to adopt self regulation mechanisms towards reducing the prevalence of unethical materials online towards reducing the prevalence of unethical materials online.
5.     Encourage Providers, especially those providing Internet access and service, to be actively involved in promoting information security for children while carrying out their business. They should show more social responsibility by participating actively in forums and related initiatives of this nature.
6.     Encourage Governments to make information security including children’s online protection a national priority. They should fund efforts and invest in  promoting information security.