By Emeka Aginam
No fewer than 45,000 teachers in the Lagos state will benefit from the first phase of computer ownership scheme powered by BrainFriend educational software solution.
Already, no fewer than five hundred computers have been given to the beneficiaries in the first phase at the launch over the weekend while four thousand five hundred computers will be distributed in the second phase of the scheme.
Under the ‘customized Laptops on e-teaching/learning process scheme’ being promoted by Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT) Lagos State chapter, Cinfores Limited, an indigenous software provider, promoters of Brainfriend software will provide the application which has about 42 subjects, over 10,000 theorems, definitions and formula for the e-gadgets while Digital Communications Konsult will provide the hardware.
Already a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) has been signed by the promoters of the capacity building project expected to make computers available to teachers in a flexible payment scheme. With this development, beneficiaries will move away from traditional teaching to e-teaching practice.
With the Brainfriend educational solution embedded in the Laptops, the scheme will promote e-learning as it contains useful e-notes that will enable teachers to prepare their pupils for all kinds of tests.
Excited by the scheme which is first of its kind in the country, the Lagos State Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye who was represented by Mrs. Victoria Mopelda Peregrino, Permanent Secretary, Education district 1 Lagos State said that the capacity building project is a welcome development.
“I commend Cinfores for developing the innovation software that powered the Laptops. It will help teachers adapt in the virtual learning environment which is now a global practice. With the project, Lagos teachers will now be part of the best practice in e-learning which is replacing traditional learning” she said.
According to her, any teacher who fails to take IT education serious will be left behind in the knowledge-based society.
For the the State Chairman, NUT, Comrade Sampson Kayode Idowu in his speech said that as implementer of education policies, it was the occupation of NUT Lagos chapter to add value to the efforts of the government to ensure significant improvement in the overall quality of education in Lagos State.
“We are happy to partner with Brainfriend educational software , promoted by Cinfores. Their products have the state of the art educational solutions to support the customized Laptops for the teachers in Lagos State. We encourage teachers in other states to follow suit. Computers are replacing lesson notes and e-teaching is relegating the manual method of teaching globally, We must therefore be ICT compliant to be worthy of our professional callings” he said.
Also speaking, the ICT committee Chairman of the project under the NUT, Andoyi Hafeez Akanni, while applauding the programe said that it will go a long way in empowering teachers in the State with IT skills and knowledge.
Akanni, who is a teacher in Oluwu Community Junior Secondary School with optimism noted that the programwe will change the face of teaching in Lagos State.
Meanwhile, the solution, according to General Manager, West, of Cinfores Limited, Mr. Moses Osunde during practical demonstration of the gadgets told the gathering that the solution when fully deployed will aid teachers in preparing lesson notes on various subjects and topics in their teaching activities.
He said that the solution will also enable teachers gain access to the national curriculum as a guide in their teaching activities.
With over 40,000 questions, answers and explanations embedded in the software, he added that it also serves as career counseling guide for parents, teachers and students.
According to him, the product has prototype questions from WAEC,JAMB,NECO, adding that it also has basic ICT skills tests for assessment.
With the global paradigm shift from traditional to visual classroom environment, the innovative educational software, according to him will aid teachers evaluate the level of preparedness of their students for any exams, ranging from terminal examinations, to First School Leaving Examination, Junior WAEC, SSCE, NECO, UTME and PUTME.