IT NEWS NIGERA:
* staked some half a billion naira in 5 years to digitize learning
in Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones
Nigerian’s Information and Communications
Technology innovative company, SKool Media has on Thursday launched digitally
powered education Experience Centres in Queens College and Federal Science and Technical
College (FSTC) in Yaba Lagos.
Speaking during the official
opening ceremony, Project Director,
Skool Media, Mr Moses Imayi said for us at Skool Media access to quality
education is our core passion, adding, this launch today is the result of over
5 years of efforts in conceptualization
and development to ensure Nigeria school age children have the right tools to
propel them into the future.
He explained that “”computer
based learning will enable and equip this young men and women to become
“In today’s world, we have robots servings in
places like Japan and other places. One must have right skill to be globally
competitive, adding, to this is end, Skool Media has invested about N500,
000000 (five hundred million naira to set up this kind of centres in the six geopolitical
zones, training centres, across the federation. We are confident this project
will be successful as Nigeria has the right potential to produce quality
individuals who can hold their own globally.”
Today, Skool Media’s impacts are
felt across 24 project centres located mostly in the Federal Government’s Unity
Schools, in the six geo-political zones of the country, he added.
Imayi said “our
expectation is to invest in the future of the Nigerian child and equip them to
be at par with students across the world”.
He went further to list some of the core 21st Century learning skills to be addressed at the tech Experience Centres including; coding; Google Digital Skills; information retrieval—information literacy using key search engines; soft skills-EQ, team building, creative thinking and complex problem solving, personal branding; creative writing and public speaking workshops; Gamification, AR and VR mode or learning; hackathons, summer bootcamps, competitions amongst students; hub unique programmes: Ideation Day, Digital Innovation workshops, meetups, etc. and teachers capacity building: teach and techie day, teachathon, among others.
Alhaji Abubakar Isah cuts the tape to commission the Skool Media Staff and Students Experience Centres in FSTC
The special guest at the
occasion; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, FMoE, Architect
Sonny Echono, said that ICT delivery in the Unity Schools is done with the aim
of redefining the teaching and learning processes so as to give the students
the leverage to compete with their counterparts all over the world.
“The Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu is
committed to the realisation of nothing short of excellent ICT Education in our
Schools. Skool Media came in with the aim of extending the frontier of not only
ICT education delivery but also to use the ICT skills in solving problems
prevalent in our world today.
Commissioning of the Skool Media Staff and Students Experience Centres is a
step in the right direction. I implore all the stakeholders, to join in
collaborating in this laudable venture”.
Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Director of ICT at the
Ministry, Alhaji Abubakar Isah, expressed confidence that the use of the
centers will enhance the Students’ technology experience, promote design
thinking, and help in elaborating project-based learning in schools.
“I wish the Skool Media as the Coordinators, all the best just as
I expect that targets will be continuously met without much ado. I implore you
not to rest on your oars but strive to raise your stakes in ICT service delivery.
Colleges Managements, I advise you to ensure that staff and students use the
facilities to the utmost capacity and let the impact be seen in the way
problems are solved in the society”, the Arch. Echono said.
On her part, The Director/Principal, Federal
Science and Technology College, FSTC, Yaba, Lagos, Dr. (Mrs) Ogochukwu
Ufoegbune, at the official commissioning of the Skool Media Students and
Teachers Experience Center located in the college said that increased
collaboration among the management, PTA and the Project Coordinators has led to
re-equipping of the school’s ICT tools such as the provision of laptops,
internet services and for teaching and learning.
While thanking the Government for the PPP arrangement, said that
the School expects more project executions like more classes been equipped with
Projectors, purchase of more laptops;
“Other needs are recruitment of more teachers, especially technical; hotels blocks, solar powered street lights, staff quarters”.
The Director/Principal, however, pledged that the school will make
best uses of the experience centre provided for the School by Skool Media.
At the opening ceremony in Queens Colledge, Director/Principal,
Queen’s College, Yaba, Dr. Mrs.T.F.O. Yakubu-Oyinloye, showered encomiums on
the Skool Media for the projects.
reiterated that access to quality ICT-enabled education has become imperative
for the future of the students.
“Queens College is the flagship of girl’s education in Nigeria. We believe this project will foster modern learning skills in our students are creative, intelligent and forward looking to assignments that will inspire them more”,. She said that the school has put necessary arrangements in place to ensure efficient use of the center located within the School library to boost teachers and students ICT experience.
Alhaji Abubakar Isah cuts the tape to commission the Skool Media Experience Centres Queen Collge . Standing is Director/Principal, Queen’s College, Yaba, Dr. Mrs.T.F.O. Yakubu-Oyinloye