Some experts have advocated the establishment of more open universities, as well as a public-private partnership model to create solutions and infrastructure for the education sector and manage the delivery of those solutions through the application of technology and innovation.
They gave the advice at the 4th edition of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC, African EduTech Conference with the theme: “Africa’s Edutech Model: Reshaping You for The Future”.
The event was put together by the NBCC Learning and Education Trade Group in collaboration with Education First Nigeria Limited.
In an opening remark, NBCC President, Mrs Bisi Adeyemi noted that 91.3 per cent of the world’s learning population was impacted by global COVID 29 shutdowns.
She acknowledged that the pandemic had caused a huge shift in the way Africans accessed learning tools as the majority of schools had to adapt to the learning-from home education model.
According to her, this has reawakened the quest for transformative education
that stands on the tripod of digitisation, education financing and the future of work; supported by a responsive policy environment.
On his part, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Research and Development, Prof Ismail Adedigba, noted that new and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), 5G, amongst others would further push the boundaries of ICT globally.
He pointed out that the commission had demonstrated its commitment to promoting the education sector through interventions such as the Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions, ADAPT,
the ongoing Tier-4 Digital Industrial Complexes across the six geo-political zones, yearly hackathon and innovation competitions aimed at addressing emerging socioeconomic challenges in Nigeria as well as the national essay competition, telecommunications-based research innovation grants to lecturers in Nigerian tertiary institutions, among others
Earlier, the Chairman of the NBCC Learning, Education and Training Committee, Mr Seyi Adeyemi had explained that the conference was one of the ways the Chamber is contributing to the national growth and development.
“The main objective of the conference is to reawaken the quest for transformative education that stands on the tripod of digitisation, education financing and the future of work; supported by a virile policy environment. This is the only way to guarantee a future-oriented African society that dall the stakeholders of the continent will be proud of,” he said.