November 22, 2019 / 11:30 AM / Bukola Akinyele for
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As Nigeria seeks to develop and reform its Educational system to produce a skillful and resourceful workforce, technology has become a key component of transformation of the sector.
At the recent 2019, Nigeria Fintech Week stakeholders discussed "How EDTech Can Improve Learning Methodologies & Innovation in Nigeria."
Moderated by Mrs. Bunmi Lawson the CEO of EDFin Microfinance Bank, it featured robust discussions on what must be done to boost Nigeria's education sector.
The Founder Standard Bearers School, Mrs. Modupe Oni the first panelist in her opening statement shared insight on the state of education in Nigeria and how Edtech can improve on student learning and teacher's skills.
According to her, technology has taken over space and education has no choice. For her it was unfortunate that for many years, education has been neglected, and a lot of things have taken place.
"The Curriculum is critical, and the mindset of the teacher must change to be able to teach the students of the 21st century. We have no choice than to leapfrog into the future which technology can help us with" - Mrs Modupe Oni said.
Speaking further, Modupe Oni emphasized the fact that teachers must be re-trained about how to teach children and how to lead them.
For Dimeji Falana, the Co-Founder and CEO, EDVES said schools should provide access to technology to their students.
He said the right technology must be adopted and must be in line with the curriculum that is understood by the teachers.
"If we want to be successful in ensuring teachers make use of the technology, we must listen to the teachers and the administrators to give them the right tools," -Dimeji Falana said.
"From my perspective, I believe teachers need to get the power of technology in their hands because we have a growing population of out-of-school children, and we must make sure teachers have the right tools for the ones that are in school to prepare them for the future because if the products of in-school education are not socially and economically successful there won't be reason for those out-of-school to come back to school" He added.
Ms. Ololade Oyemaja digital learning specialist, with the Fintech Nigeria Institute, spoke on the education system in Nigeria, and called for a review of the curriculum to reflect the realities and changes in the 21st century.
Oyemaja noted that with the changes witnessed in the digital age, Nigeria must develop a robust education system that integrates technology.
She tasked the government to explore support for schools by creating enabling learning platforms and providing access to top rate infrastructure. Oyemaja stressed the need for access to internet for students in Nigerian schools (especially public schools) to deepen their learning and digital skills.
Mr. Anuoluwa Karounwi, a software engineer with Konga, a major e-commerce platform in Nigeria, in his contribution to the debate on the skills students need to acquire to be competitive in a global market place that the skill sets taught at schools must be deepened to accommodate evolving technological knowledge.
According to him, the Nigerian education system should encourage skills development, which is vital for a nation that has a huge population, with demography dominated by those between the ages of 15 and 25.
Karounwi said the critical skills that Nigerian students need to acquire to be competitive, include entrepreneurship and design skills.
He also emphasized the need for an effective delivery mode in the education sector, which should involve effective digital online platforms for learning.
According to Mrs. Oni, the government needs to understand that technology is key and relevant and partner with the private to provide the infrastructure for private and public schools.
She urged the Telco companies to create products that will work effectively for the education sector.
"For our children to get a skill, we must teach them how to read and write, literacy is the first step, and they can then become exposed to technology which will enhance their marketability" she said.
Speaking further, Falana called for increased funding for the education sector, to aid the adoption of Edtech. He was of the view that with funding the requisite infrastructure and technology will be laid across the schools to improve the learning experience of students.