Stakeholders and experts have stressed the need for adequate use of technology to improve teaching and boost learning outcomes across all tiers of education, including its primary schools in Lagos State.
Panelists and contributors made the remark at the second breakout session of the 2022 Lagos State Education Summit, themed: ‘Creating a sustainable Fit-For-Purpose Education Model,’ held in Lagos.
They stressed education as an integral part of every society and, like every social institution had witnessed changes over the years. Thus, to enable more innovative and engaging teaching methods and learning experiences, schools, including primary ones, are incorporating emerging technologies into the classroom.
These include Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Live Streaming, Adaptive Learning Algorithms and 3D Printing.
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial heartbeat and megacity, is not left behind in using technology to improve teaching and boost learning outcomes across all tiers of education, including its primary schools.
Panelists comprising Soji Megbowon, STEM teacher and co-founder, Teenprenuer Hub; Lanre Abolaji Oguntoye, science educator, Greensprings School; Femisola Awosika, Executive Director, Robert and John Limited; Omowale David-Ashiru, MD, New Globe Education Services and Amabelle Nwakanma, Director of Programme, LEAP Africa, did adequate justice to the topic, ‘Emerging Technologies in Education (Pre-tertiary education).
Innocent Oaikhena, school administrator at Corona Day Secondary School, moderated the highly engaging session as panelists, stakeholders, assessed Lagos’s current State of play and areas for further improvement.
Commenting on Lagos’ adoption of technology in its primary schools, Awosika commended the state government, which introduced EKOEXCEL, a transformational initiative for boosting learning and teaching using cutting-edge technology in 2019, for its impressive educational policies.
“Lagos State has wowed my organization. The way they’ve embraced technology for child development deserves kudos. The way they’ve used technology to develop the children in Lagos and how the leadership—directors, permanent secretary, commissioner and the governor—is commendable.
“We have worked together well. Whenever we come to them with technology and say this is what will happen. Immediately, they’re embracing it. That’s a big leap. Working with other states and Lagos, they are certainly the best,” he said.
He said, “I’ll like to see technology in real-time assessment of the teacher’s work. What’s going on in the classroom? How are the children reacting to lessons? That will come from the kind of artificial technology. And it should be seamless around the learning environment.”
Awosika further called for a synergy between universities, and secondary and primary schools using technology, including augmented reality and virtual reality, to widen their horizon and show them the possibilities right from primary school.
Mrs. Omowale David-Ashiru, whose NewGlobe, an e-learning solution provider that has supported urgent education transformation for over a decade in Africa and Asia and supports visionary governments by creating robust technology-enabled education systems, went a step further than Awosika by stressing the importance of teaching and learning solutions.
The head of NewGlobe, the technical partner to interventions, including EKOEXCEL in Lagos, EdoBEST (Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation) in Edo State and KwaraLEARN in Kwara State, also highlighted the pervasiveness of technology in all sectors, including education and the importance of data.
She said, “Technology is no longer just an industry, it is in every industry. So, to that extent, technology is firmly in education. It fits in teaching and learning, all aspects of things. One of the things