President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, have commissioned the second Samsung Smart School for Teachers situated within the recently commissioned Ogun State Model College, Abeokuta as part of the activities to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of Ogun state.
Buhari, Amosun launch edtech institution for teachers in Ogun State
This follows the first Samsung Smart School for teachers which was opened in Abuja in December last year.
“The Smart School concept is implemented in urban schools with the infrastructure, but not the skills needed to use IT for teaching and learning,” explained Chang Wook Lee, managing director of Samsung Electronics West Africa.
“In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to improve education, we believe it is essential to equip teachers with basic computer literacy, as well as the tools they need to use ICTs for curriculum development and more impactful teaching, and the Smart School for Teachers is an important step in achieving this. Our desire is to see the average Nigerian teacher become very familiar and comfortable with using technology to pass on knowledge and to further develop the secondary beneficiaries, which are the students.”
Participants in the Samsung Smart schools for Teachers initiative will receive training to empower them in accessing digital content, share content with students, monitor students’ progress and conduct assessments.
Ogun state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Modupe Mojota, speaking at the launch of the Samsung Smart School, expressed her excitement about the impact this will have on education in Ogun state.
“We are indeed grateful to Samsung for tapping into the goal of this present administration to train quality teachers and produce top notch students. This project will indeed change the face of education in our state for the better,” she said.
“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. It is also remarkable that content from this Samsung Smart School can be beamed across other senatorial districts of the state, giving it a wider impact,” Mojota added, in conclusion.
The Smart School for Teachers in Ogun is the second of five to be launched in Nigeria. Other similar schools have been planned for Rivers, Delta and Imo states.
Nigeria is the latest country to benefit from the Samsung Smart School initiative, with similar schools already in place in countries like Togo, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda amongst others.
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