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Access to Internet, digital devices, critical to learning , say experts

By Adelowo Adebumiti
30 September 2021   |   12:11 am
Access to Internet and digital devices have been identified as key factors critical to enhancing learning for today’s youth as they prepare for the future of work.

Access to Internet and digital devices have been identified as key factors critical to enhancing learning for today’s youth as they prepare for the future of work.

This was the submission of different speakers at the September edition of Edtech Monday, a Mastercard Foundation initiative, organised in partnership with Co-creation Hub.

The platform is to facilitate critical conversations on use of technology for teaching and learning by bringing together key stakeholders, including policymakers, Edtech entrepreneurs, teachers and parents.

Speaking at the virtual roundtable session with the topic, “Edtech for the future of work”, Senior Programme Manager, Paradigm Initiative, Adeboye Adegoke, explained that the COVID-19 crisis offered the world, including those in the education technology sector, the opportunity to understand how best to use technology to address challenges associated with learning.

According to him, the crisis has necessitated the need to adopt new ways of promoting learning among students.

He, therefore, urged government at both state and federal levels to institutionalise those lessons either as a state or national policy by making Internet access available to every youth.

In her remarks, Head, Youth Engagement and Learning, Jobberman Nigeria, Precious Ajoonu, while using her firm as case study, noted that technology amid the COVID-19 pandemic contributed a lot, not only in accelerating learning, but increasing digital access for more people.

She added that numerous possibilities exist using Edtech, adding that efforts should be channelled towards creating access, removing barriers and making knowledge available everywhere.

“We live in a globalised world with a global talent pool. Youths need to get degrees and also acquire soft skills. Youths need skills that can make them compliant across cultures if they desire to be globally competitive. There are different ways of upskilling, they must think about opportunities beyond the borders of Nigeria and they must think about being globally competitive,” she stated.

Managing Director, Edo Jobs Institute, Ukinebo Dare, said the case of Edo State brings to mind the role of technology in revamping the basic educational system.

According to her, the success of technology in education for the future of work would depend largely on the capacity available, noting that adequate attention must be given to capacity development to increase savvy of the use of digital platforms.

While urging government to invest heavily in the local production of devices to beat down costs to enable access for all classes of people, she stressed that there is a need for Edtech entrepreneurs to seek the opinion of end-users before developing any solution.