Education stakeholders who attended 2020 Edutech Conference have urged government to adopt approaches that will promote advancement of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in schools.
They said the closure of schools occasioned by covid-19 pandemic has exposed the weakness of education system in Nigeria.
The Managing Director of Edufirst, Mr. Moses Imayi said the role oftechnology in the education sector cannot be over emphasized hence therewas need to encourage the future leaders to showcase innovation andcreativity in their attempt to compete globally.
He averred that Edufirstmobilized students from the Federal Unity Colleges (FUCs) to theconference in order to showcase their inventions during the Covid-19 lockdown to encourage the general students to brace up for technologicalinnovations.
The theme of the conference jointly organized by Education First NigeriaLimited (Edufirst) and the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)was “Jobs, Education and Technology: The New Normal”.
The conference paraded an array of educators in the private sector,students from our over 70 Technological Experience Centres in FUCs across the six geopolitical zones, students from the tertiary institutions, andother stakeholders. It featured interesting panel sessions, virtual networkingsessions, virtual exhibitions, and students’ presentations.
On his part, the President and Council Chairman of NBCC, Mr. KayodeFalowo said it is imperative that Africa should rethink its vision of the futureof education and take practical steps towards adopting a blended learningapproach to reposition education in the continent and ensure students remain competitive in this global age.
According to him, at the onset of the pandemic, many countries in Africahad to temporarily close educational institutions in an attempt to contain thespread of COVID-19 in their respective countries.
He added that, as theworld gradually readjusted to the new normal, the leadership and managersof higher education institutions across Africa have become fully aware ofthe imperatives of embracing change in order to sustain the viability of theiracademic enterprise.
Falowo noted that, “We have seen educational institutions at all levels inNigeria and across Africa, adopt online learning platforms such as GoogleLearning, Udemy, Microsoft, Zoom and so on.
However, despite efforts toensure a seamless migration to online platforms, students continue toexperience challenges in the course of their academic pursuits. According to UNESCO, 89% of students in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to household computers and 82% lack internet access.
This means onlineclasses does not provide the full-fledged solution as desired”.
He disclosed that several universities across Africa, including countriessuch as Egypt, Ghana, South Africa and Rwanda among others havemoved some of their programmes to online platforms and partnered withTelco’s to zero-rate these platforms.
He then encouraged other countries totake steps to align to this new development.
Close to 2000 people attended the event.