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NITDA launches National Adopted School for smart Education (NASSE)

Bukola Afeni
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has launched the pilot edition of the National Adopted School for Smart Education (NASSE) at the great Junior Secondary School, Karshi.
The NASSE is in partnership with AMAC and other critical stakeholders. It is a means of deploying one of the indigenous cloud based digital education solutions, that is based on National Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) curriculum, to support over 500 students and 30 teachers for JSS 2 Karshi.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, said the project is to promote massive access to quality education, at the grassroots while leveraging digital technologies and innovations.
“We want to entrench co-creation education approach by ensuring approach to education is shifted from traditional, uni-directional and consuming nature to prosuming style where both the teacher and students create value together. This can only be made possible through digital technologies and innovations that provide sharing and engaging learning platforms. ”
“With this model and the full support of our stakeholders, we expect productive and effective education outcomes while preparing our teachers and students for the future of teaching and learning that make them compete globally.”
The Director General called on the beneficiary students and teachers to take advantage of the intervention so that the outcome will be meaningful.
“We would measure the impact and review implementation plan after the result of the examination in 2022.
We are also providing digital literacy capacity building for over 500 students and teachers, as well as free wireless Broadband (unlimited contents download and upload) for students and teachers”.
He added that the National Adopted School for Smart Education (NASSE) is designed to accelerate the achievement of the global and national agenda by smartly engaging in building and upgrading education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive with provision of safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.
“We would partner with relevant stakeholders to mobilize resources and facilitate innovative and context-appropriate solutions to provide education remotely, leveraging hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech approaches. The 21st century teaching and learning environment is changing fast with innovations that are enabled by digital technologies.Globally, this is enabling a situation where students are gradually becoming prosumers and not only consumers of knowledge.”

THURSDAY 01 APRIL 2021

Protocols

May Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you all.

It is with great pleasure and honour that I welcome you all to the launch of the first pilot edition of the National Adopted School for Smart Education (NASSE) at the great Junior Secondary School, Karshi.

NASSE is an implementation of Nigeria Smart Initiative by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in the education sector, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, as a policy directive of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy led by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami to aid implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria. As part of our strategic objectives, we are to support every sector of the economy to succeed at this digital age.

NDEPS, as the main driver of digital Nigeria, is in support of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in education, especially the Goal 4 on “Quality Education” and the campaign promise of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in education.
It is a known fact that education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to creating sustainable prosperity and escaping poverty. The world’s vision is to end the global education crisis and unleash the potential of the next generation. According to the United Nations, about 260 million children were still out of school in 2018. This is nearly one fifth of the global population in that age group. In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, a majority of countries announced the temporary closure of schools, impacting more than 91 per cent of students worldwide. By April 2020, close to 1.6 billion children and youth were out of school. And nearly 369 million children who rely on school meals needed to look to other sources for daily nutrition.

Never before had so many children been out of school at the same time, disrupting learning especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised. Such global pandemic will always have far-reaching consequences that may jeopardize hard won gains made in improving global education if drastic steps are not taken.

The report by UNESCO stated that before the coronavirus crisis, the proportion of children and youth out of primary and secondary school had declined from 26 per cent in 2000 to 19 per cent in 2010 and 17 per cent in 2018. “More than half of children that did not enroll in school live in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 85 per cent of children in sub-Saharan Africa are not learning the minimum”. These are not good statistics especially in the sub-Saharan Africa. Something revolutionary and transformational must be done.

In an effort to foster collaborative ecosystem for teaching and learning; protect the well-being of children and ensure they have access to continued learning wherever they find themselves, we have to devise a multi stakeholders’ educational platform to tackle contents and connectivity gaps, facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youths, ensure that education never stops.

In educational settings, students should not only be targets but also agents of creative ideas in order to create an effective learning environment.

This is why NITDA has carefully designed NASSE as a model that can be experimented, fine-tuned and scaled to change the narrative. It is a platform for education on demand powered by smart technologies and innovations. We believe leveraging digital technologies and innovations in the education sector will not only improve quality of teaching and learning processes but also massively increase access to affordable education by millions of Nigerians. The global exigency such as COVID-19 brings to bear the need for education anywhere and anytime.

The desire to ensure our students have access to education anywhere and anytime motivated us to design NASSE as an ecosystem and indigenous contents-driven platform. We are partnering with sub-national Governments, technology ecosystem and stakeholders in the education sector at the grassroots to deploy digital education platform that would aid remote and collaborative teaching and learning thereby preparing the nation for the education of the future.

Today,

To this end, I will like to appreciate the executive Chairman, Honourable Abdullahi Adamu Candido and the entire AMAC for their support to ensure this is a success. We appreciate the His Royal Highness, the Emir of Karshi for his relentless effort at building a peaceful community where education of children takes priority. We also appreciate the Acting Executive Chairman/Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) for his support. We appreciate the Principal for creating an enabling environment to make this a reality. We would appreciate it if this pilot initiative is sustained. This will encourage us to expand our reach to other communities at the grassroots in order to increase access to quality and smart education to millions of Nigerian students for a digital Nigeria.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all our stakeholders Sidmach technologies, HotSpot and its partners and other ecosystem players that have contributed to the success of this intervention.

We thank you all.

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