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Schools charged to initiate, promote ICT education in Nigeria

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Mrs. Samira Jibir, Chief Executive Officer, Glisten International School, Jahi, Abuja, has challenged the managements of primary and secondary schools to initiate and promote Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), in young learners.

Jibir threw the challenge on Thursday, when the school commenced the deployment of e-learning resources to 800 students.

“One of the objectives of this school is to be a leader in ICT-compliance; we are achieving this by partnering with Microsoft international to achieve this, especially e-learning.

“This partnership metamorphosed into what we have today – physical devices for more than 800 students to ease assimilation, learning and comprehension.

“Transforming education requires schools and educators to rethink how they teach and learn. Therefore, as a pacesetter that it truly is, Glisten has taken the bull by the horns by undertaking this feat.

“Glisten International Academy has taken a laudable step by acquiring more than 800 devices for students of the school to propel and accelerate individualised learning; through this, the school is poised to transform education,” she said.

Jibir disclosed that the need to acquire and distribute the e-learning resources was borne out of the happenings in the society where children were easily swayed by what they watch, especially through telecommunication devices.

“It is very glaring that the ICT age is upon us and the children we have today are more prone to learning from gadgets and other communication devices than manually.

“It is therefore wise to teach children through instruments and tools they are conversant with,” She said.

The chief executive stated that Glisten international school was resolved to improve ICT education across the country as many other countries now regarded mastery of ICT as part of core education alongside reading, writing and numeracy.

Jibir had earlier thanked parents for their support that ensured the execution of the distribution of the e-learning resources.

In his remarks, Mr Abdoulaye Salifou, Regional Advisor for higher education and ICT in UNESCO, had praised the school for being the first to distribute and use e-learning in the FCT.

He said that the Glisten international school had set the pace for other schools in ICT learning, noting that ICT was the bedrock of any economy.

Salifou stated that the school adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards which had helped to transform learning through the introduction of individualised and visualised learning.

“Adopting this method will make learning simpler, easier and interesting,” he said.

Also speaking, Dr Abubakar Dahiru, Head, Special Duties, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said that both primary and secondary students were to be taught how they could be problem solvers and innovative.

He reiterated government’s commitment to advancing ICT among schools who would, in turn, equip graduates to address national issues in the near future and move on to influence global change in ICT. (NAN)

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