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Digital Transformation in Education in Nigeria: Who cares?

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Transforming the educational and training system in Nigeria is a huge task.

Digitally speaking, the system needs solutions and platforms alike that will entrench quality; open the doors of opportunity, enable a true culture of learning and teaching to take root, while enabling both the teachers and the students strive for ever higher levels of performance.

No amount in human development was too much as the dividend at the end would be immeasurable.

Often times, we are tempted to pass the whole buck to the governments. Truly, they (government at all levels) should take pragmatic steps to quickly rescue the education sector from total collapse. That is valid too because a massive investment in infrastructures is crucial to restoring the glory of the days of yore in the sector.

That said, but who cares to ask how the educational institutions- schools- themselves can act differently.

The system needs to understand and focus on what the job marketplace truly needs; starting from the primary and secondary school levels.

There is need to dedicate most of the schooling time to specializing in core skills that are highly marketable right from the foundational schools.

This will go along way to positioning the minds of the students going to the university.

Don’t get it twisted; university education and certifications are good, but what if we segment and make it more flexible for people to obtain ‘practical-oriented certificates?

Thus, it is heartwarming that technology companies are looking in this direction; they want to assist in a manner that the very nature of the educational systems are rightly conceptualised, resourced and delivered.

This brings to the fore what how technology can help both primary and secondary schools across the country embrace data-led decision making process, improve teacher competencies and give students access to a rich learning environment in a cost-saving manner.

This is why the Digital Transformation in Education by Microsoft and her partner Sidmach TechnologiesNigeria Limited, is a huge plus for the industry. We encourage every industry stakeholder to buy into it.

The duo will be hosting an exclusive education leaders event in Lagos, Nigeria to address the Digital Transformation in Education.

What to expect from the event

The event is a solid platform to learn about Imagine Academy– which provides up-to-date curricula and resources to train and certify students and educators on Microsoft products and technologies. Students gain valuable skills for college and career that will help them succeed in an increasingly digital global economy.

E-Curriculum solution: A web-based, effective curriculum management solution designed to provide digital access to school curriculum, teaching and learning resources for teachers, learners, and other stakeholders.  The e-curriculum offers online and offline access to the prescribed national curricula in all subjects offered at the basic and senior secondary education levels in Nigeria.

Sidmach will also be introducing its latest tool- SmartSchool;  its helps in managing various aspects of school operations.

In all, Microsoft and its partners’ latest technologies and education tools are creating Prepared Students; enabling students have the hands-on experience and ability to develop the critical-thinking and computational skills for life and a career in the digital world.

The event holds on Friday 29th June 2018, at Radisson Blu, 38/40 Isaac John St., Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

Click here to register.

Source: TechEconomy.ng

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Ijesha Digital Hub Celebrates Job Placements for 17 Graduates from Inaugural Training Program

As 48 trainees graduate from cohort 1

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The Ijesha Digital Hub has announced that 17 graduates from its first cohort are to receive job offers following their successful completion of the training program.

This significant milestone was announced to the ecstatic graduates and the huge crowd that had gathered to witness the historic event by the Keynote speaker and member of the Board of Trustees of Ijesa Global Alliance for Development (IGAD), esteemed industry leader Sir Aladekomo, chairman of SmartCity Resorts Plc and founder of Chams Plc..

The graduation ceremony celebrated the achievements of 48 trainees who completed intensive training in various digital disciplines: 10 in UI/UX Design, 23 in Cybersecurity, and 15 in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.

These graduates are now equipped with cutting-edge skills and knowledge and recognized professional certificates in their respective digital domains ready to embark on their professional journeys.

In a press statement, Dr. Cornelius Adewale, executive director of Ijesha Global Alliance for Development (IGAD), remarked, “The immediate job opportunities for our trainees are a testament to the hub’s commitment to providing skills development training today so that participants can build tomorrow. We are proud of the engagement framework, training delivery, monitoring mechanism, and effective assessment we have developed. This initiative has the potential to transform Nigeria into a digital economy powerhouse.”

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L-r: Lateef Bakare, Prince Abimbola Olashore presenting special award to Mr: Femi Bakare, Domain leader and mentor for UI/UX Design

Prince Abimbola Olashore, chairman of IGAD, added, “The success of the first cohort of Ijesha Digital Hub underscores the significant role that targeted training programs play in addressing the skills gap in the Nigerian tech industry. The job placements of these graduates not only validate the quality of the training provided but also highlight the growing demand for skilled professionals in UI/UX Design, Cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning.”

Dr. Adewale Alonge, vice president of IGAD, also emphasized the broader impact of this achievement, stating, “This milestone demonstrates the effectiveness of our comprehensive training approach and the dedication of our trainees. By equipping them with relevant skills, we are not only empowering individuals but also contributing to the overall growth and development of the tech sector in Nigeria.” Dr. Alonge noted that the achievement of the mission of the Hub would not have been possible without the dedication, commitment and leadership of the domain leaders, Dr: Adewale Obadare, Chief Visionary Officer, Digital Encode, for Cybersecurity, assisted by Mr. Tunji Igbalajobi, Mr. Ebenezer Ajayi (AI/ Machine Learning), Mr. Femi Bakare (UI/UX Design) and their team of mentors and instructors.

The event was chaired by Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi, the esteemed Asiwaju of Ijeshaland, who delivered remarks celebrating the achievements of the graduates and the impact of the Innovation Hub on the local community and beyond.

The 48 graduates have achieved a minimum of one professional certificate (some have two or more) in their digital specialization and are poised for leadership position in the digital transformation of the Nigerian economy.

The Ijesha Digital Hub remains committed to its mission of fostering digital entrepreneurship incubation and acceleration and technological advancement, ensuring that more young Nigerians are prepared to thrive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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Some of the Ijesha Digital Hub cohort 1 graduants flanked by dignitaries at the ceremony

One of the highlights of the historic event was the announcement of the launching soon of a 100 million Naira digital infrastructure fund for the “1000 Digital Workforce in 24 months” project, by US based world-renowned Engineering Professor Olu Olowokere. Dr. Babatunde Ojo, IGAD’s secretary and clinical medical director based in North Carolina, USA presented special awards to the six top graduates from the graduating class.

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Twisco Rewards Spelling Geniuses with Close to N1m

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Twisco, known for “nourishing big dreams”, has successfully sponsored the third edition of the Spelling Genius competition.

The competition held recently at the SUBEB Multipurpose Hall, Maryland, Lagos, brought together over 1500 students and instructors from primary and secondary schools (state and private).

The contestants vied to showcase their spelling skills at the competition aimed to enhance vocabulary and spelling skills for successful learning.

Twisco awarded a total of ₦750,000 in prizes to the top three winners: ₦150,000 for the third place winner, ₦250,000 for the second place winner, and a grand prize of ₦350,000 for the first place winner.

Speaking to journalists at the event, Lillian Omorenuwa, the Brand Manager, Beverage Category at Promasidor Nigeria, said they are not only helping the children develop spelling skills and reading comprehension, but also bolstering their confidence and communication skills as well.

“At the heart of Twisco is empowering young minds; one word at a time. Yes. We have been doing because the children are dear to us and we stand for their well-being”, Lillian added.

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REGISTER: Enugu State to Host Maiden Edition of UN Education Conference by NgEducators

The concept of smart schools involves outfitting classrooms with digital tools such as Internet, computers, and interactive whiteboards to augment the educational experience for students and ensure that students have access to multimedia learning resources.

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The Enugu State Government through the State Ministry of Education is set to host the maiden edition of the NgEducators International Model United Nations Conference.

Expected at the conference scheduled from June 4th – 8th, 2024, with His Excellency, Dr. Peter Mbah, the Executive Governor of Enugu State as the Chief Host, are stakeholders in the education sector from the 35 States and the FCT [in Nigeria], as well as foreign nationals.

The weeklong – International Model United Nations by NgEducators – loaded with activities, and hosted by the Enugu State Government, is a recreation of the United Nations proceedings, with students acting as representatives of different countries in the United Nations General Assembly.

This year’s theme is – ‘Development of Education in Developing Countries’.

Nigerian students from all states of the federation will generate Resolutions on the future of education in Nigeria during the conference scheduled as follows:

·       June 3 – Welcome Reception for delegates, at Old Government Lodge, Enugu.

·       June 4 – Inaugural Ceremony at Okpara Square

·       June 4 – Commissioning of the Enugu Smart Green Schools at Owo

·       June 5 – Model UN Plenary Sessions at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 5 – Meeting of all Nigerian States Commissioners of Education, at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 6 – Model UN Plenary, at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 7 – Awards and Commendations at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 8 – Valedictory session and interaction with the Press, at Old Govt. Lodge.

All in Enugu!

Expected Speakers:

H.E. Kasim Shettima (GCON), Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Dr. Peter Mbah, Executive Governor of Enugu State; Prof. Tahir Mamman, Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Education – Nigeria; Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, UBEC; Ambassador (Dr.) Tivlumun Innocent Ahure, Global Director General of IHRC RFT and President of NgIMUN; Prof. Ndubueze Mbah, Enugu State Commissioner of Education, amongst others.

Speaking ahead of the conference, the Enugu State Commissioner of Education, Prof. Ndubueze Mbah, said that the conference by #NgEducatorsIMUN – is in line with Dr. Peter Mbah’s vision and ambitious stride towards revolutionizing education in the State.

Recall that the Enugu State Government had announced a comprehensive initiative to construct 260 ‘Smart Green Schools’ across the state’s 260 wards.

This bold undertaking aims to revolutionize education by incorporating cutting-edge technologies into the learning environment, and using an innovative Experiential Learning pedagogy, to ensure the creation of a modernized, skilled, and future-ready workforce.

The concept of smart schools involves outfitting classrooms with digital tools such as Internet, computers, and interactive whiteboards to augment the educational experience for students and ensure that students have access to multimedia learning resources.

It also means giving students access to emerging knowledge economies through 3-D Printing, Augmented Reality, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence, to enable them develop competencies for future industry and innovation, as well as prepare them to solve present problems and anticipate future solutions.

In line with the vision of the Enugu Smart Green Schools, the International Model United Nations Conference holding in Enugu is likewise designed as a key initiative of ‘Our Common Agenda’ launched by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in September 2021. Bringing together global, national and local education stakeholders and actors, the Conference offers an opportunity for inclusive, networked and effective global dialogue on the types of coordinated actions needed to reverse the slide on progress towards SDG 4, especially in developing countries of the world.

Participation & Registration

For more information, visit the Enugu State Ministry of Education or call 07081026341 or visit the event website: www.ngimun.com, to get registered, get diplomatic credentials.

Courtesy:

  • Enugu State Ministry of Education
  • NgEducators IMUN
  • IHRC RFT
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