NITDA Harps On Education Base Technology as Catalyst for Developmental Change

The National Information Technology Development (NITDA) has said that an educational system that harps on the importance of technology has the potential to spur developmental change.

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The Director General of the Agency, Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, who made the observation during a webinar with the theme; Technology, Pedagogy and the Future of Basic and Post- Basic Education in Nigeria organised by M-Solution International said that the world now lives in an era where technology and its innovations have become a powerful catalyst for change in all sectors.

Kashifu, who was represented by the Director of IT Infrastructure Solutions NITDA, Dr. Usman Gambo explained that technology has a great impact in enhancing and empowering pedagogy, which also enriches the lives of students through products, solutions, innovations and shared values.

“Innovations, imaginations and strong decision making skills are becoming increasingly important in meeting new challenges. We need to start implementing new teaching methodologies that can facilitate the development of skills required to participate in a highly globalised digital world,” he said.

He recalled how COVID-19 Pandemic has created a global learning crisis, halting physical learning in schools, saying “There is no better time than now, for our nation to join the ranks of developed nations who have employed technology to shape the future of their educational system.”

Abdullahi noted that the aim of every educational institution is to provide the students with a lifelong knowledge, secured with moral values, which will enable them to be successful and contributes effectively to natural and global development.

He said the Federal Government in its efforts to ensure continuous learning during the pandemic created a task team championed by the Ministry of Education with collaborations with stakeholders and development partners to provide new time guidance on learning resources and to monitor students at home during this period.

Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Science and Technology, Mr. Saheed Balogun, in a remark said there is the need called for the educational sector to identify the importance of ICT and to start acquiring teaching knowledge from technology.

The Chief Executive Officer of Simple Tech Solutions, Reggie Rusan said, for digital teachings to strive in Nigeria, there is a need for necessary infrastructure for today’s and future learnings for students.

He added that technology will continue to change as time goes on but the country must be infrastructural ready for the technological trends.

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