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NBCC partners Edufirst to boost technology driven education in Nigeria
The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has sealed a partnership with EduFirst Ng to organize the maiden edition of the EduTech Conference in Nigeria, which is believed will help drive education using technology in Nigeria. The conference with the theme Education, Technology & Jobs; A Synergy that Works', NBCC says is part of its mandateto […]
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The Nigerian-BritishChamber of Commerce (NBCC) has sealed a partnership with EduFirst Ng to organizethe maiden edition of the EduTech Conference in Nigeria, which is believed willhelp drive education using technology in Nigeria.
The conference withthe theme Education, Technology& Jobs; A Synergy that Works', NBCC says is part of its mandatetosupport the socioeconomic development of Nigeria through educationaldevelopment.
We believe that the EduTechConference will provide a platform for government, regulatory agencies andeducational professionals to interact and share experiences on therevitalization of Nigeria's education system, through the application oftechnology and innovation as key ingredients for educational transformation, said Mr. Seyi Adeyemi, Chairman, Learning, Education and Training Committee at NBCCat a press conference in Lagos today.
Seyi added that the Conference would address the future outputs (Generation Y & Z) of the Nigerian educational system and ensure that they are prepared to be fully integrated into the world of work, can compete with global standards on Nigerian soil and are relevant in future endeavours. This would cumulatively increase the economic value of the average Nigerian and the nation's per capita income, he argued.
Some of the keyplayers that would represent diverse sectors at the conference are Arc SunnyEchono, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education; Prince AbimbolaOlashore Chairman, Board of Governors; Olashore International School; Prof Niran Adetoro The Director, Academic Planning and Quality Assurance andResearch, Tai-Solarin University of Education, Ijebu, Ogun State and Mrs LandeAtere Head, First Academy; First Bank.
Others ar Dr StephenOluwatobi Curator, Hebron Lab; Covenant University; Prof Chantal Epie Dean,School of Management and Social Sciences, Pan African University; Emeka Okoye –Semantic Architect & Consultant (Cymanticks) ; Kendra Nnachi Startup andDevelopers Program Manager, Facebook Nigeria and Yomi Adedeji Co-founder,Softcom Limited.
These experts,according to Seyi will address issues such are closing the Employability Gap, Universitiesas Catalyst for Innovation & Development and Technology and the Future of LearningCurricular.
Also speaking whileit is involved in the partnership, Mr. Idris Oladipo, Country Manager atEdufirst.ng, an ed-tech company with visibility in 24 unity schools, which providesdigital experience to students, teachers and other stakeholders in Nigeria, notedthat improving teaching-learning experiences in schools leveraging technology remainits priority.
He assured thatEdufirst, being a major player in the Edu-Tech subsector in Nigeria willcontinue to develop the capacity for the emerging knowledge economy andproviding cutting edge technology solutions for the global competitiveness ofNigerian children, youths and adults.
While we appreciatethe efforts of government in creating an enabling environment in Nigeria,stakeholders' engagement and private sector participation are critical successfactors to these endeavours, Idris stated.
He also disclosedthat at the conference, there would be student technology pitches gearedtowards social, environmental and economic change. This decision is takenbecause they are the direct beneficiaries of the conference.
By 2050, Nigeria'spopulation, which is touted to be over 200 million based on United Nationsestimates with an average age of 17.9 years is projected to be well over 400million people. This makes it one of the youngest countries in the world.Having a share of 2.6 percent of the world's population, it is imperative thatthe narrative is changed from what it is now to absorb the immense growth thatis upon us.