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Strengthening Nigeria's Education System Through ICT

August 5, 2014

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase - Reporter, Lagos A recent study by the World Bank has revealed that Nigeria's education system has declined and that improvement in the communication skills and the usage of computers and information technologies will help to increase the productivity of Nigerian students.

It was in this direction that one of the Nigeria's telecommunication companies, MTN has taken it upon itself to assist pupils and students in primary and secondary schools on the effective use of information communication technology to boost learning.

The company recently, during its annual Y'ello care programme which is a staff volunteering campaign reiterated its commitment to revamping the decay in the nation's education system through ICT.

The programme, which was marked with series of activities centred on raising the standard of education in the states of the federation, highlighted the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in enhancing the quality of education and empowering students with up-to-date knowledge and information for global relevance.

Speaking at the programme which held at Government Technical College Agidingbi, Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, reiterated the company's commitment at giving back to communities in which it operates, stressing that staff of the company visited over 100 schools presenting computers that are equipped with Education Bundle that are specially designed to make learning fun and most rewarding experience for students.

"Through the programme, we have contributed towards improving educational standards, providing an enabling environment for learning and enhancing the pivotal role of education in the development of the nation.

"Access to the Internet and education will place a number of pupils on the same platform as their counterparts in other developed countries, helping to ensure that they do not suffer learning disadvantages even though they live in a developing country," he said.

He explained that with the gesture pupils and students alike can now gain unhindered access to information pertaining to any subject and any geographical location, adding that communication and writing skills will also be enhanced, thereby improving skills related to critical thinking and problem-solving among the students.

"They have access to world-wide educational resources, and information exchange between students and their peers world-wide, discussion with experts in many fields for students and staff who also have access to educational materials and good curriculum practice.

"With this initiative and others aimed at bridging the investment gap in the education sector, the sector will be better placed to produce people who will contribute to the socio-economic development of the country," he added.

Akinwale further explained that the computers were pre-loaded with rich educational content designed for students from nursery to senior secondary, to enable them learn and explore the world through the internet; "study mathematics using more graphical examples, enhance the study of English and science subjects, explore the world with the rich Encyclopedia Britannica alongside educative games and other learning tools".

Stressing the importance of the pre-loaded computers that would also enhance the learning ability of the teachers, he added that teachers would no longer have to teach in abstract as ready examples in clear and easy-to-understand graphics are made available.

Speaking further he stated that each school visited became beneficiaries of computers equipped with internet access and educational content, which will hopefully lead to a more conducive and engaging learning environment for thousands of students who otherwise would not have had access to the internet.

The projectors and white boards, he said, were also donated to schools to enable teachers bring subjects to life in the classrooms and that digitally-equipped classrooms were set up and an online learning hub called Y'ello Tutor was made available to the schools.

"It is now accessible to thousands of students across the country. The Y'ello Tutor portal has various e-learning materials and digital tutorials which have been aggregated for the benefit of both teachers and pupils.

Some of the schools visited in Lagos include; Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Lagos State Model Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja, Ewenla Primary School, Oshodi, Government Technical College, Odomola, Epe, and Local Government Central Primary School, Epe among others.

At the closing ceremony, Daniel Nweneka of Government Senior College, Ikoyi who came first in a debate competition contested by six schools was presented with a laptop.

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Source: AllAfrica

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