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Anambra calls for partnership on digitisation of education system



ANAMBRA State Government has called for partnership on digitisation of the education system in the state. 

  The call was made by the Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha during a news briefing at the Integrated Entrepreneurship Konsult (IDK), Awka. 

    The briefing was an awareness-creation for a 2-day Summit tagged, Anambra State Education Digitisation Summit (ANSEDS) 2022. 

    ANSEDS, 2022 is being organised by Anambra State Government in collaboration with IDK and Teenovative, Africa. 

   The summit would hold between Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at IDK Learning Centre, Awka. 

  The commissioner, Prof Kate Omenugha said the state decided to embark on the summit to ignite the thought process of Anambra State Teachers and Students toward digital education in order to bridge the digital divide between the cities and hinterlands in the state. 

    Prof. Omenugha said that the challenge the state was facing in the digitisation of the education system was the inability of many to get access to ICT equipment, which the state seeks to alleviate through public and private partnerships. 

Digitisation of education in the state was an ongoing process the commissioner said was kick-started in 2015. 

    According to the Commissioner, the first ICT training organised by? had no fewer than 10,000 Anambra teachers, who passed through the training on basic tenets of computer literacy and application of ICT tools. 

  She reminded the gathering that it had been the goal of the present administration that every child in Anambra State had access to quality education irrespective of the remoteness of the place they are domiciled in the state. 

  She said that the incoming administration would also lean heavily on e-Learning with the objective of training teachers that would be highly productive and exportable. 

    This is a feat that she said would be achievable through massive capacity-building on the use of ICT tools in teaching. 

    The commissioner expressed the hope that the incoming administration would build on the existing structure to make Anambra State Teachers, ICT-complaint for successful implementation of e-Learning in the state. 

    Prof Omenugha enjoined teachers, who want to remain relevant in the scheme of things to access the opportunity being offered by the State government. 

   She said that at the end of the summit, Anambra teachers would confidently impart knowledge to students even in a live streaming broadcast.    

   In her remarks, Mrs Chinyere Nweke, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IDK and Chairman Organising Committee ANSEDS, 2022 said that the summit would see the convergence of notable ICT companies, seasoned professionals in the ICT profession and Education sector. 

    Mrs Nweke, who announced that the summit would be both virtual and offline also noted that speakers handle topics like “how to make internet facility available to Anambra students in hinterlands, cheaper access to Internet and ICT tools, like Android phones, laptops, tablets for effective step down of e-learning in remote places in the state’. 

  She also said the hallmark of the summit would be a launch of the “One student, One Laptop campaign”. 

   According to her, the campaign would be driven by the need to equip students in Anambra with laptops and bridge the digital divide between students in cities and those in the hinterlands. 

    The Executive Chairman, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Franca Ego Obi in her speech said that the summit could not have come at a better time as many teachers had yet to be acquainted with digital applications and tools. 

  She noted that sensitisation of Ndi Anambra teachers to join the summit was already in progress, especially at the grassroots level. 

   The summit is open to the public and private schools in Anambra, cutting across primary and secondary school levels. 

   The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic Education, Barr Nwando Obiano, thanked the Governor for his untiring effort in the state education sector while expressing the hope that teachers and students would embrace the move toward e-learning. 

  Chairman, Anambra Post Primary Service Commission, Ifeoma Okaro, was represented by Mrs Ngozi Muo at the briefing.

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