By Lawrence Olaoye
The federal Government has commenced a process for the implementation of a partnership strategy that will help establish digital education institute and provision of smart learning classrooms across the country.
This came after the Acting President Yemi Osnbajo met with a delegation of a Chinese Digital Technology giant, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited, led by its chairman, Dejian LIU.
Other officials at the meeting were the governor of Edo state, Godwin Baseki and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.
In a statement earlier made available to newsmen by Orelope-Adefulire, the smart classrooms and digital education initiative was in line with the commitment of the government to continue to provide quality education to Nigerian children as stipulated in Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs.
“It is also designed to facilitate investment in the ICT industry by building IT Incubators, Digital Studios and Software Outsourcing and Training Hubs, towards to the creation of new jobs in the area of Technology and Innovation,” she stated.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting yesterday, the Edo state governor said “It is about promoting digital literacy in Nigeria. A Chinese company came to make a presentation on how we can expand and ensure the spread of digital literacy, because the world today has gone digital.
“Educational system is now based on technology, this company has done quite a lot of work in several countries in the world where they have deployed technology to develop teaching methods, to train teachers and contents to assist children to learn.
“So, the whole idea is to see how as a country we can catch up with the rest of the world by deploying technology in learning and helping our children to catch up educationally.
“The company has done a bit of work, if you go to their labs in where they have built in Fouzhou province in China, you will see that they are way way ahead of many countries in the world.
Certainly in Edo State we are ready to embrace them. We have started a pilot for about 50,000 children in 300 schools and as at today we are training about 5,000 teachers for the next roll out for about 200,000 children in about 600 schools. The world today has gone digital and with the technology we have in Edo State, we can feel when the teacher is in class because the teacher must synchronized the tablets. We can tell when a child is in school because the teacher has to take attendance digitally. The teacher is now assisted in preparing lessons notes and delivering the contents in class. Technology has taken over education and that is where we are going as a state and I believe that is wherHowe we are going as a country.”