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Tech industry challenges Govt on IT adoption

17 April 2014, 07:01Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Technology firms urged government to adopt proper policies that would encourage the adoption of information communication technology education among local students.

Speaking at the African Resources and Technology for Education (ARTE) jointly held in Abuja and Lagos.

The ARTE show is an annual event that aims to bring together manufacturers and suppliers of educational technology and learning resources from all over the globe to forge a new path of growth and development in Africa.

Emmanuel Eze, Lead, Public Sector and Education at Hewlett Packard (HP), said that in the 21st century, teaching had gone beyond the classroom as ICT has enhanced ways of learning.

He was presenting at a session titled, “How Technology can challenge convention, Encourage Change and Improve Education in Africa.”

He urged government and teachers alike to buy-in to policies that encourage the use of ICT in classrooms stating that using ICT allows all students to learn at their own pace and acquire needed knowledge.
Eze argued that students who participated actively were able to remember 90 percent of work learnt because of active participation.

He also emphasized that student-centred learning should be adopted in all classrooms as it shifted focus from the teacher to the students and allowed students to be active and responsible participants in their own learning.

Eze added that a student centered learning can be achieved using technology tools such as the Intel Explore and Learn initiative.

HP and Intel jointly sponsored the ARTE 2014.

Speaking at the event, Omoboyade Abe, Business Development Manager, Intel, said the Intel Explore and Learn was an education solution that provides access to a vast repository of free and low cost digital text books and interactive learning resources.

“At Intel, the focus is on creating education solutions that aids learning and it is not profit focused as software can be purchased at very reduced and affordable prices,” he added.

– CAJ News

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