Skool Media, a world class education technology infrastructure company has reaffirmed commitment to continuously deliver technology-enabled education that will equip the Nigerian child with skills and knowledge needed to be relevant in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).
Dr. Macjohn Onyekwere Nwaobiala, Chairman, Advisory Board, Skool Media Nigeria Limited, disclosed this on Thursday at a press conference organized to brief stakeholders and the media of the giant strides being made by the company towards improving education sector in Nigeria.
Dr. Nwaobiala explained that their goal majorly is to re-tool the country’s education system and provide a platform for the Nigerian child to compete globally.
According to him, “At Skool Media, our vision is to provide a world class education technology infrastructure, that is focused on re-tooling the Nigerian education system and providing a platform for the Nigerian child to compete globally.
“This, we have been doing since 2013 as a role model in the adoption of technology in education in Africa and being reference point for all edu-tech stakeholders.
“Our ultimate target is to provide utmost professional and ethical standards in building a globally competitive educational system”.
He noted that in order to achieve its quest of providing a world class education technology infrastructure, it will embrace the Public Private Partnership (PPP) window through maximum utilization of all its centres to build 21st century students and teachers technology hubs in Nigeria.
Dr. Nwaobiala further lauded achievements already recorded in their drive to deliver world class education technology infrastructure over the past six years.
He said, “In the last six years, Skool Media has set up 75 Students Technology Experience Centers by installing over 452 projectors and 2500 laptops in 75 Unity Schools across the six (6) geopolitical zones.
“These students technology experience centres were established in the schools as an avenue for students to access a rich variety of multimedia learning content.
“This, we believe, will make them learn useful digital and soft skills to enable them to compete globally.
“Some of the skills learned by these students thus far include coding, Internet of Things (IoTS), Microsoft office skills, presentation skills among others.
“The centres are also used for the training of students on relevant soft skills such as emotional intelligence, public speaking, critical thinking and problem solving and interpersonal skills to enable them balance school and life”.
While commending the efforts of the Federal Government in improving the education sector, Nwaobiala said that there is need for school curricular to be fully galvanized to prepare Nigerian students for the 21st century workplace’s demand for hands-on Information Communication and Technology (ICT) applications and diverse vocational and technical skills.
This he said will prepare the Nigerian child to take up the challenges of modern workplace by developing relevant technology skills capable of making them qualify to face global labour market competitiveness.
He added that any country that attains global standards in education development has created a pathway for economic empowerment of its future leaders; while also noting that the giant strides being made in the sector now, will surely get the country there in no distance future.
He also thanked the Federal Ministry of Education, under the leadership of Honourable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu for the opportunity given to the organization to partner in improving the education landscape through the installation of digital infrastructure in Unity Colleges.
He revealed that with the partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education, was the reason they were able to setup 75 students technology experience centers, installed 452 projectors and provided 2500 laptops and established eight (8) teachers digital learning centres across the six (6) geopolitical zones.
He further disclosed that they will be coming up with a new digital innovation, dubbed “U-Create Hub”, which he said will be an innovator’s space, where kids and youths are inspired to innovate, create and collaboratively learn coding, 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence.
The U-Create Hub, according to him, “is weaved around creating technology lab that produces Africa’s foremost young innovators and problem solvers through creative thinking.
“ It will provide range of exciting opportunities for learners to explore, through our digital lab, gamified learning resources, coding challenges, hardware programming with Arduino, robotics kits, prototyping with 3D printers, augment and virtual reality, learner-friendly Sci-fi movies, animated series and short videos on emerging technologies to inspire their ingenuity.
“We believe that we should train our children beyond consumption. We are developing producers of technology and not consumers of technologies.
“We should begin to train our children beyond consumption mentality which has been the bane of our economy for years.
“The initiative will therefore provide insight into the mindset of students to be creative and exploratory, so that they can always think about solving problems and bringing to life practical solutions leveraging the power of Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)”., he added.
Responding to questions at the briefing, Mr. Moses Imayi, project director/ceo, Skool Media said, that the youths are leaders of tomorrow, who must be prepared to take up the challenges of modern workplace by developing relevant technology skills capable of making them globally competitive.
He noted that the impact being made by Skool Media in the education sector will stand the test of time, adding also that they will continue to be a role model for the adoption of technology in education in Africa, and being a reference point for all education and technology stakeholders in Nigeria.
NDPR to Safeguard Personal Data of Nigerians -DG NITDA
Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has disclosed that the motive behind the issuance of Nigerian Data Protection Regulations, (NDPR) by the Agency was to safeguard the right of natural persons to data privacy, fostering safe conduct for transactions involving the exchange of personal data, enablement of Nigerian businesses to be globally compliant and competitive and to create jobs for Nigerians.
Mallam Abdullahi revealed this Friday while delivering the keynote address at the 6th annual conference of Institute Internal Auditors of Nigeria, (IIAN) with the theme:, “Agility and Resilience” which was held on zoom conference platform.
The Conference aimed at preparing participants across Internal Audits, Internal Controls, risk management, revenue and Government assurance and other business professionals to learn how to leverage on new technologies and procedures towards actualisation of the organisation’s goals and objectives.
The NITDA DG who was represented Director e-Government Development and Regulations, Dr Vincent Olatunji stated that since inception of the Agency in 2001, it has been playing a catalytic roles to spur the infusion of technology into nation’s work processes reiterating that the Agency plays “critical roles in capacity development, provision of working tools for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“NITDA also has an existing arrangement with the office of the Auditor General of the Federation to aid the office in the discharge of its activities.”
Mallam Abdullahi said, “The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) was issued on 25th January, 2020 by my predecessor, DrIsa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
“As part of his think-tank then, our thinking was that Nigeria needed to quickly provide a regulatory framework for the processing of personal data.
“This was even more pertinent in consideration of the global implications of non-performance.
“Businesses where losing bids because investors felt there was no data privacy regime in Nigeria.
“The Agency’s implementation of the NDPR has been innovative and impact oriented. For the first time in data protection implementation, auditors became recognised as Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCO)”.
He maintained that NITDA has 72 licensed DPCOs among which are members of this “august body,” adding that “this posture is not as a result of lack of professionals in the IT industry, rather, we have made conscious efforts to carry every relevant stakeholder along in our developmental regulatory strategy.
“ I hope this noble institute would repay NITDA’s generosity by imbibing ethical and professional principles on your members for better implementation of the Regulation.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, New Capital Cooperatives Society Mr. Benedict Anyalenka while commending the organisers of the conference affirmed that data privacy and protection should be a requisite skill needed for development of the Information Technology Sector as it would create platform for protection of information against unauthorized usage.
Anyalenka, however, called for proper awareness on the importance of data privacy among organisations and stakeholders across the country to safeguard citizens’ data.
FG Reveals Plans to Deploy Technology in the Health Sector
As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government of Nigeria has announced plans to deploy information and communications technology (ICT) in the country’s health sector.
This is part of the plans to achieve transparency and accountability in health care delivery across the country.
Dr. Ngozi R. C. Azodoh, director, Special Projects, Federal Ministry of Health, who represented Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, Honourable Minister of Health, revealed this while speaking at MTN Nigeria’s Revv Programme masterclass on Thursday, September 17, 2020 .
The virtual session themed ‘Bridging the healthcare divide through technology and partnerships’ had in attendance health sector experts including Chief Executive Officer, Hygeia HMO Limited, Obinnia Abajue; Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder, Afya Care, Kola Oni; Managing Director, Ingress Health Partners, Dr. Orode Doherty and Chief Executive Officer, Tremendoc Limited, Ugochukwu Chikezie. The session was moderated by the General Manager, Business Development, MTN Nigeria, Omotayo Ojulatayo.
According to Azodoh, the federal government has put structures in place to utilise ICT as part of efforts to standardise the healthcare system.
“The government is working hand in hand with state governments across the country to maintain transparency and accountability, adding that ICT and other forms of electronic platforms are currently being improved and expanded following the federal government’s COVID intervention”.
She also shared that the ministry is willing to support small businesses in the sector imploring the participating SMEs to seize the opportunities provided by The Revv Programme.
“I want to ask everyone who is listening to write to the MTN Revv team and say this is one thing I want the Federal Ministry of Health to do to help my business then we can engage on how to proceed,” she enthused.
In her parting remarks, she also commended MTN Nigeria for providing a platform for SMEs to expand their capacity. “I must commend MTN for this excellent initiative. It has been very productive for me and an opportunity to transfer knowledge.”
The Revv Programme is an initiative from MTN Nigeria to help small businesses rethink and retool their operations in order to withstand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic using a four-pronged approach that includes masterclasses, access to market, productivity tools support and advisory initiatives.
Peace House Charity Foundation Seeks for DCTC Intervention
Mallam Kashifu InuwaAbdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), asserted that if we do not empower our people, they become a problem to the society in future.
He made this know on Friday while receiving a delegation from Peace House Charity Foundation,Yola who were at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarter, Abuja to seek for interventions in the areas of ICT.
The representative of the Director General, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Director eGovernment Development and Regulation stated that one of the mandate of the Agency is the deployment of ICT infrastructure as such the Foundation’s visit at this time is very apt as the Agency is relentlessly working on the implementation of the Digital Economy strategy.
MallamAbdullahi affirmed that Agency at the moment is looking for organisations to partner with to sustain Digital Capacity Training Centres deployed across the country.
He commended the effort of the organisation in assisting orphans with not only providing basic education but also the provision of skills, mentorship and moral upbringing.
Speaking earlier, Mr Mohammad Bello, a Director with the Foundation said that the organisation was at the Agency to seek for ICT intervention and to commend NITDA’s effort in promoting ICT knowledge across the nation.
He stated that the organisation supports education for the orphans and the less privileged, promote health care delivery especially among women and children, provide sensitisation workshop for parents (mothers) on parenting and matrimonial home, promote unity and encourage self-reliance among the populace.
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