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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Why digital literacy is critical in advancing Nigeria’s educational sector | Policy - Ventures Afrika

Felicia Omari Ochelle, online editor of Ventures Africa explains, "Education has evolved from the conventional classroom experience, particularly with the launch of creative initiatives around digital literacy."

In recent times, digital literacy has fast become the primary form of information transfer and communication, taking over from letters, phone calls and even face-to-face interaction. Business transactions without face-to-face contact would have been rare twenty years ago. It is also key to teaching in order to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding for young people to enter the workplace, further education and higher education.

Creative, collaborative and recordable communications techniques are essential for the next generation to interact in social, cultural, economic and intellectual careers and life. It also improves student engagement and aids teachers by introducing a new and advanced digital learning experience in the classroom.

In twenty years from now, perhaps the reverse will be the case. But for today, learners/pupils need to be taught now which tools are effective and how to use them responsibly. And the only way to achieve this is by providing teacher training or teacher education.

The need for quality education with the use of modern technology cannot be overemphasized and it is against this backdrop that the Federal Government through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs and NTI decided to include this Special component in the SDGs capacity building for Teachers.

Teachers hold the key to making a true difference in the educational systems. The overall objective of the training program was to strengthen the teacher’s competencies at the grassroots level on the use of technologies to facilitate teaching and learning process.

The 3-day Digital Literacy Training, which was conducted in April 2018 in Nigeria, was managed by Axiom Learning Solutions Limited who were selected as the qualified Technical Consultants to implement the Training program across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, including the FCT. The training involved selected Academic leaders from Primary and Junior Secondary Schools. It comprised of a classroom arrangement that accommodated all participants, practical assessments, case studies, syndicate groups for practical and learning simulation, participatory and activities oriented to ensure that experiential learning experience was constantly reinforced. The workshop also targeted school heads who are daily involved in school management, and who will then step the pieces of training down to teachers in their respective schools.

Source: Ventures Afrika