The Oyo State government has announced her collaboration with Signal Alliance and Microsoft to make the state attain global technological relevance and put Nigeria on the digital technological map.
This digital literacy programme will give access to pupils in both public and private schools qualitative education in Microsoft Imagine Academy where 800 computers would be provided across eight centres in the State.
The plan, which is propelled by the Oyo State Model Education System Interventions (OYOMESI) was disclosed at a press briefing attended by the representatives of Signal Alliance, Microsoft and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector of the state.
Speaking at the conference, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Bisi Akin-Alabi stated that the state would launch digital literacy centers to prepare the state towards producing a knowledgeable competent workforce in the country.
She explained that the state government alliance with Signal Alliance and Microsoft would give birth to eight digital literacy and cluster learning centres with 100 computers each. Dr. Akin-Alabi said that every student is expected to benefit from the digital literacy, noting that Microsoft has promised to give the state 700 computers every year to complement the state government’s efforts until each school in the state is covered.
Chief Executive Officer, Signal Alliance, Adanma Onuegbu, said the future is now and it’s important to adequately prepare our youths and graduates before they join the workforce in order to ensure quality input into the nation’s economy.
“We are rising against time. The world is a global village. Our youths and graduate must be ready to compete at the global scale and it’s only through deliberate innovative intervention like this by the Oyo State government that real impart can be made.” Onuegbu therefore called on all stakeholders to support the digital literacy drive of the State Government. She assured that the company will ensure that the objectives of the programme are realized,” she stated.
Head of Education Program Microsoft Nigeria, Jordan Belmonte, said the programme was built towards making Oyo State meet the global technological pace, saying that this project could put Nigeria on the digital technological map through the state.
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