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FG to collaborate Anambra, Edufun Technik stem to devp Technovation education

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VICE President, Yemi Osinbajo has received the Anambra girls that represented the nation in the just concluded world Technovation competition, held in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The victorious girls were; Promise Nnalue, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo, Vivian Okoye, Jessica Osita and Miracle Igboke.

The VP while receiving the group of six girls who formed the Team ‘Save A Soul’, said the federal government would be part of the success story and would partner Anambra State to know what should be done, as well as collaborate with Edufun Technik Stem Centre on development of the Technovation education project.

He added that part of what the federal government was looking at, were the pre-school and primary school that would take into cognizance technological development.

According to him, “in our new curriculum, what we are looking at is a variant of STEAM. So we are looking at Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).

We have already drawn up an indicative curriculum and of course the focus is technology because technology is the leveler and it will bridge not a few divides, not just the gender gap, but practically everything, including the knowledge gap between developing and developed countries.”

The Vice President further stated that the Nigerian Government was developing a system of code “so that from pre-primary school, young people can begin to learn the system of code writing.

They can also begin to learn the development of applications.” We have no choice but to ensure that young people, especially from pre-primary to primary school, are able to use technology in innovation and creative ways.

“The world has changed. The entire system of education has changed as we cannot prepare not just for the 21st Century but even the next five years without serious investment in technology.”
Their pitch at the contest was FD-Detector Application, which they developed to curb fake drugs.

They were accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke, Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, and the Principal of the Regina Pacies Secondary School, Onitsha.

Also speaking the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke, said the Anambra State Government had continued to invest in education in view of its critical importance to development.

In her speech, the mentor of the team, Uchenna Onwuamaegbu, said the programme began in January this year and was aimed at bringing STEAM education to all parts of Nigeria.

She said Technovation was a world event that introduced girls into coding and entrepreneurship. She said the girls from the Regina Pacies School, Onitsha, were so hungry for knowledge.

Explaining the working of the FD-Detector App, one of the girls, Promise Nnalue, said it worked to detect fake, expired and counterfeit drugs. “The App also teaches about the six categories of drugs, their examples, the bad ones and the side effects,” she said.

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