Monday, 11 April 2016

Samsung to digitalize 104 Unity Schools in Nigeria


Using technology to transform Nigerian educational system has received a new boost as Samsung Electronics West Africa in partnership wit the Federal Government and Skool Media have concluded arrangement to digitize no fewer than 104 unity schools in Nigeria on the platform of mobile learning This development would provide students with the opportunity to have their classrooms literally put in their palms.

 With the new development, Samsung tablet devices will be paired with relevant and applicable educational content customized with Skool Media content, while also kitting classrooms across these Unity schools with Samsung Electronic Boards, Wireless Printers and wireless connectivity. The aim of this is to turn classrooms across Nigeria into “Smart classrooms” where learning is practical, fun, progressive and impactful. The Director, Business to Business, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Charles Ojei who spoke on the partnership said “This Solution provides tablets for students with relevant and practical educational content hence putting the classroom in the palms of the students. This makes the classroom interactive, collaborative and conducive for students and teachers.

The solution also provides security of the device and helps the schools filters contents consumed by students. It makes the device purely for academic purpose.” He added that the initiative is a laudable milestone in the Nigerian educational system, giving both teachers control over the classroom and giving students an atmosphere that makes learning easier and more memorable. Skool Media, an ICT solution based initiative has an MOU with Samsung electronics as a Technology Partner to provide Technical expertise as a company that is experienced in the delivery of Educational services and solution.

 Advertisement For the Project Director, Skool Media, Moses Imayi, “Our aim is that through this partnership with Samsung and the Federal Ministry of Education, we can promote information, communication and technological development in Nigeria while providing tools for facilitating our process values. The vision is to see the average Nigerian student become familiar and truly comfortable with learning in a digitalized classroom.

 This we believe will be the beginning of better performing educational system in Nigeria. Through this project, we are building the IT competence of the next generation of leaders and providing employment opportunities to over 200 young Nigerian graduates’’. He said that a lot of Nigerian students are not familiar with new learning tools such as tablets, electronics boards and even accessing appropriate educational content online and the purpose of this partnership is to change that mindset, both within the students and the teachers.

Representing the newly appointed Federal Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, permanent secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan earlier in her remarks expressed her excitement about the impact this will have on education in Abuja. She commended Samsung’s effort and contribution towards ICT development within the country. “We are indeed grateful to Samsung for tapping into the goal of the ministry of education to train quality teachers. We encourage all beneficiaries of this project to take full ownership of the project and let the improved quality of teaching reflect in our students’ results” she said.

 She urged all stakeholders in the education sector to partner with the ministry of education to salvage the country’s educational system. “As ICT becomes more and more entrenched in our lives, it is essential that our students are exposed to it, guided by teachers who can use technology to add real value to the learning experience.”, she said.