By Naomi Uzor
Federal Government says it is committed to realising excellent Information Communication Technology, ICT, education in Nigerian schools, just as it begins commissioning of Skool Media Technology Experience Centre in schools around the country.
Last week, the train berthed at Queen’s College, Yaba, Federal Science and Technical College, F.S.T.C, Yaba and Federal Government College, FGC, Lagos.
Commissioning the centres, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, said ICT delivery in schools would redefine the teaching processes in order to give students the leverage to compete with their counterparts in other countries.
He disclosed that Skool Media is an education technology infrastructure company focused on revamping the educational sector by redefining the learning processes and experiences in schools and communities using technology.
Echono who was represented by the Director, ICT, Ministry of Education, Mr Abubakar Isah, said the centres would facilitate students’ technology experience, promote design thinking and enhance project- based learning in schools.
Project Director, Skool Media, Mr Moses Imayi, said the firm had invested about N500 million towards driving the growth of digital educational sector across the six geo-political zones.
“Our expectation is to invest in the future of the Nigerian child and equip them to be at par with students across the world. Quality education has been a major backbone of our strategic plan as we continue to be a role model for the adoption of technology in education in Africa and the opportunity of being a reference point for all ed-tech stakeholders in Nigeria,” he said.
He noted that the tech experience centre is expected to be an inspirational yet enriching environment that would support purpose of the centre was to make learning fun and seamless whilst engaging technology and innovation to drive productivity.
“The conceptualization to the development of an experience centre across school locations is a defining moment in the history of the educational sector as is expected to be a collaborative work space for computer-base learning and indeed an opportunity for students to engage with technology and become globally competitive” he added.
According to him, skills to be acquired at the tech centres included: coding, Google digital skills, hackathons, information retrieval-information literacy using search engines, creative writing and public speaking workshops.
Principal, Queens College, Mrs Yakubu Oyinloye, said the tech centres would enhance the value and performance of students while equipping them with various skills to boost their competitiveness in a dynamic world.