By Chesa Chesa
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday hosted a Chinese digital firm that is set to digitise the Edo State schools through a Smart Classrooms and Digital Education initiative.
The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, accompanied representatives of the firm, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited, to the meeting at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Speaking to the press afterwards, Obaseki said the Chinese company came to make a presentation on how Edo State can expand and ensure the spread of digital literacy throughout its schools.
According to him, “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.
“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 synchronize 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 where we are going as a country.”
The SDGs’ boss, Orelope-Adefulire, further explained that he project 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 said.
Orelope-Adefulire noted that in the pilot phase of the project, her office is also collaborating with NetDragon to provide a smart classroom to the Pilot Science Nursery/Primary School in the Federal Capital Territory.