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Oracle Academy, FG sign pact to advance computing in schools 

By Kanayo Umeh and Mathew Ogunne, Abuja
25 October 2018   |   4:20 am
Oracle Academy has announced a collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE) to create new computing education pathways for local students. 

To reach over 1.5 million students across 10,000 academic institutions
Oracle Academy has announced a collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE) to create new computing education pathways for local students.

Through the agreement, FMoE plans to integrate Oracle Academy computer science curriculum and resources across 10,000 academic institutions across the country, reaching over 1.5 million students within the region.

Over the next three years, the academy will also facilitate the training of 4,000 educators at the secondary and higher education levels to teach computer science.
Speaking at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono said the partnership would bring great improvements to the education sector and Nigeria as a whole”

He continued “As we are all aware, ICT has become the driver of competitiveness in the world today. It has redefined efficiency and productivity, and changed the dynamics of the world of work.”

He stated that the government must be able to produce middle-level and high-level manpower with the requisite skills and know-how needed to play an active role in the country’s drive to prosperity and growth as well as global competitiveness.

Echono added that the attainment of the federal government’s goal on education requires effective collaboration from public and private sectors within and outside the country, as the traditional budgeting by government alone cannot fund the sector.
Managing Director, Oracle Nigeria, Adebayo Sanni said, “As technological innovation increasingly drives our global economy, computer science skills become even more critical”

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria through Oracle Academy, and advancing our collective educational mission to support students and teachers in computer science and drive diversity in technology.”