In a bid to encourage and boost investments in the information and communication technology ICT, the federal government has started plans to set up digital education institutes and smart classrooms across the country.
In a statement by Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the SSA to the president on sustainable development goals Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire , The model technology based classroom project will officially be launched by vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday in Abuja.
The smart classroom and education initiative will be implemented in partnership with a Chinese digital tech giant NetDragon Websoft Holdings limited and is part of the government’s willingness to provide quality education at all levels.
“It is also designed to facilitate investments in the ICT industry by building IT Incubators, Digital Studios and Software Outsourcing and Training Hubs, towards the creation of new jobs in the area of Technology and Innovation”.
In the pilot phase of the project Adejoke said her office will be working with NetDragon to provide smart classrooms for pilot science nursery/primary school in Abuja.
“The Initiative of Digital Education in Africa otherwise known as IDEA was initiated by the Nigerian Government and NetDragon through the Public Private Partnership and direct Foreign Investment that will facilitate the setting up of the National Education Resource Public Service Platform, National Education Community Network Platform, National Digital Talent Training Platform, and National Future Education Experience Centre”, she disclosed.
The SSAP-SDGs further added that with the initiative, the government aims to provide high-quality digital education resources and a new teaching and collaboration model for basic education in Nigeria, thereby promoting education equity and improving teaching quality.
“In terms of lifelong education, the Talent Training Platform will carry out lifelong skills training and intelligent management of talents in Nigeria to help Nigeria achieve talent upgrading and optimal allocation of social resources.
“With the initiative, our aim is to use technology to drive the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4, 8 and 9 regarding Quality Education, Economic Growth as well as Industry & Innovation, thereby creating jobs through the E-Learning Platforms, Educational Software and Apps as well as other innovations. By 2030, we want to ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development”, Orelope-Adefulire added.
The initiative is aimed at building and sustaining good relationship and development in the ICT industries towards the creation of new jobs in the areas of technology and innovation.
As part of the formal launch, an Agreement of Cooperation (AoC) is expected to be signed between the Federal Government and NetDragon, represented by its chairman, Dejian Liu.
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