Samsung Electronics West Africa has partnered Skool Media and the Federal Ministry of Education to digitalise classrooms on the mobile learning platform across unity schools in Nigeria, as part of efforts to enhance digital learning and to ensure that students get the opportunity to have their classrooms literally on their palms.
Speaking on the new partnership, the Director, Business to Business, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Charles Ojei, said the solution provides tablets for students with relevant and practical educational content hence putting the ‘classroom in the palms’ of the students. He said it would make the classroom interactive, collaborative and conducive for students and teachers.
“The solution also provides security of the device and helps the schools to filter contents consumed by students; it makes the device purely for academic purpose. The initiative is a laudable milestone in the Nigerian education system as it will give teachers control over the classrooms and give students an atmosphere that makes learning easier and more memorable.”
The Project Director, Skool Media, Moses Imayi, expressed hope that the partnership would promote ICT development in Nigeria, while providing tools for facilitating process values. “The vision is to see the average Nigerian student become familiar and truly comfortable with learning in a digitalised 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 many Nigerian students are not familiar with new learning tools such as tablets, electronics boards and even accessing appropriate educational content online, adding that the purpose of this partnership is to change such mindset among the students and the teachers.
In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, expressed delight about the impact the partnership would have on education.
He commended Samsung for its efforts and contributions towards ICT development in the country, saying, “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 it and let the improved quality of teaching reflect in our students’ results.”
He urged all stakeholders in the education sector to partner the ministry to salvage the country’s education 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.”