By Monday Ijeh
Nigeria has resolved to partner with China for the establishment of digital education institute and provision of smart learning classrooms across the country.
Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs), said in Abuja that the Smart Classrooms and Digital Education Institute would be established in partnership with a Chinese Digital Technology giant, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited.
She said the project was part of the Federal Government commitment to provide quality education to Nigerian children as stipulated in Goal four of the SDGs.
The presidential aide said that the idea was to facilitate investment in ICT by building IT Incubators, Digital Studios and Software Outsourcing and Training Hubs.
She said it was also targeted at creating new jobs in the area of Technology and Innovation.
According to her, smart classroom will be provided for Pilot Science Nursery and Primary School in the FCT in the first phase of the project.
According to her, the project will be officially launched on Tuesday by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and would serve as a model technology-based classroom.
“The Digital Education in Africa (IDEA) was initiated by the Nigerian Government and NetDragon through Public Private Partnership to attract Direct Foreign Investment.
“The idea is to facilitate the setting up of the National Education Resource Public Service Platform, National Education Community Network Platform, National Digital Talent Training Platform, and National Future Education Experience Centre,” she said.
The SSAP-SDGs said that the initiative was to provide high-quality digital education resources and new teaching and collaborative model for basic education in Nigeria.
“In terms of lifelong education, the Talent Training Platform will carry out lifelong skills training and intelligent management of talents in Nigeria to achieve talent upgrading and optimal allocation of social resources.
“Our aim is to use technology to drive the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4, 8 and 9 regarding quality education, economic growth as well as industry and innovation.
“With this, jobs will be created through the E-Learning Platforms, Educational Software and Applications as well as other innovations.’’