Technology Support, Ogun, Bank On Aggressive ICT For Secondary Schools0
The Ogun State Government has entered into a collaborative venture with the Technology Support Centre, Intel and Bank PHB that will result in the provision of 80 laptops to every secondary school in the state.
While the students will have 75 of the sets for their learning, the teachers will have five laptops to themselves in each school.
The project, named the Technology Enabled Learning Initiative, according to a statement by the Press Officer to the Governor, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, in Abeokuta on Friday, would also involve the selection of 16 teachers for special training in the schools.
Speaking at the inauguration of the pilot scheme of the programme at the Revd. Kuti Memorial Grammar School, Abeokuta, Governor Gbenga Daniel said the project was a manifestation of the resolve of the state to make information and communication Technology the bedrock of the state’s educational system.
The programme, witnessed by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, and other stakeholders in the education sector, Daniel said the project complemented the government’s establishment of four ICT based polytechnics and computer laboratory in secondary schools.
The governor commended the management of TSC and the bank for the technology drive, saying the benefits of the project to the children of the state were enormous.
With the provision of the Nigerian Curriculum, localised content for secondary schools, broadband wireless Internet connectivity, specialised PCs and teacher/student management solution and Intel Teach Programme for teachers, Ogun State will soon be placed above her peers for quality education delivery,? he said.
The Director, TSC, Dr. Armstrong Takang, explained that the centre’s programmes were designed, not only to meet the needs of the students and teachers but to make them competent and relevant in future.
This, he added, was done by providing the teachers and the students a technology platform that allows for the acquisition of relevant skills and creation of knowledge in an experiential manner.
Takang said, “The Intel-TSC technology enabled learning is a solution that allows for effective online, real-time interaction among students, teachers, school administrators, as well as parents and policy makers.”
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Segun Awonusi, expressed the desire of the government to continue to support the development of ICT in every possible way.
Awonusi said, “Records have clearly shown that the state government, more than ever before, had committed and invested colossal amount of funds to the enhancement of training and learning skills in the ICT field.
“Through this programme, the teachers, as well as the students, will be further repositioned in the forefront of global learning and this will bring them at par with the learning environments and options obtainable in other parts of the world.”
Source: Sunday Punch (7th April, 2008)