The federal Government, has; restated its commitment to effective deployment of Information Communication Technology to improve ICT education in Nigerian schools.
This was; announced at the commissioning of Skool Media Technology Experience Centres at Queens College, Yaba, Federal Government College, ljanikin and Federal Science and Technical College (F.S.T.C), Yaba.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, said to improve ICT delivery in schools would redefine the teaching processes in order; to give students the leverage to compete with their counterparts in other countries.
Echono described Skool Media as an education technology infrastructure firm focused on redefining learning processes and experiences in schools and communities, using; technology.
Echono, who was; represented by the Director to improve 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.
Echono,who acknowledged the initiative, added that government believes in such Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects to develop the country.
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 purpose of the centre was; to improve ICT and make learning fun and seamless whilst engaging technology and innovation to drive productivity.
According to him, skills to be acquired at; the tech centres include: coding, Google digital skills, hackathons, information retrieval-information literacy using search engines, creative writing and public speaking workshops. Similarly, Principal Queens College, Mrs Yakubu Oyinloye, was; optimistic the the centres would enhance the value and performance of students, while equipping them with various skills to boost their competitiveness in a dynamic environment of modern learning.