Korean Government Pledges Commitment To Assist  UBEC On Smart Schools

Korean Government Pledges Commitment To Assist  UBEC On Smart Schools

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Korean Government has reiterate its commitment to assist Nigeria in the development of the smart schools project.

This assurance was given when a team of Korean experts led by Prof.

Dae Joon Hwang of UBION Consortium paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi.

Speaking at the occasion, the Country Director of the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA), Mr. Son Sungil, stated that the 3-man team had been in Nigeria since July 3rd 2022 as part of the implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between KOICA and UBEC in October 2021.

The objectives of the MOU among other things, are to increase the capacity of teachers in the development and use of ICT content and to improve the access of teachers and pupils to quality teaching and learning materials.

The Team Leader, Prof. Hwang, thanked the Executive Secretary for the warm reception and collaboration they had received from the Commission during their stay noting that the three pillars of the collaboration revolved around the supply of sophisticated recording and broadcasting studio equipment in some of the smart schools, content development with particular reference to Mathematics and Science, and capacity building for teachers and education managers across the country in the use of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Blended Learning methodology.

Also speaking, the Co-ordinator of the Smart Schools Programme, Prof. Bashir Galadanci stated that, during their one month stay, the Korean team of experts had extensive discussions with officials of UBEC, NERDC and NTI on the Smart Schools Programme.

Responding, the Executive Secretary reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to commence operations in some of the newly constructed smart schools by January 2023.

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