FG'll re-equip 10,000 schools every year for next 10 years - Osinbajo

FG'll re-equip 10,000 schools every year for next 10 years - Osinbajo

- The federal government says it will re-equip 10,000 schools every year for the next 10 years

- This was revealed by the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos

- The VP said government will be more focused on achieving the educational outcomes specified in the Sustainable Development Goals

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the federal government has a plan to equip 10,000 schools every year for the next 10 years.

Osinbajo disclosed this at the 23rd convocation of the Lagos State University (LASU) on Thursday, May 16.

Osinbajo who delivered a lecture at the event, revealed that the federal government has a three-fold plan to improve educational outcomes and to train this generation of students to create and function in a knowledge driven economy.

He said the government will be more focused on achieving the educational outcomes specified in the Sustainable Development Goals, such that targets for school enrollment, quality of education, adult literacy and the quality of teaching by 2030 are met.

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His words: “Our new policy, therefore, is to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum in primary and secondary schools. We also recognize that schooling should support the development of skills in cross-disciplinary, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving and digital technologies. These skills are essential in all 21st-century occupations.

“The national curriculum being developed, will not only include the teaching of coding, digital arts, design thinking, robotics, critical thinking and other skills but also using these skills in interpreting traditional curriculum topics.

“The federal government’s aim is to ensure that from early education, primary school onwards, regardless of social background or geographical location, every young person should have a fundamental level of digital and STEAM literacy that enables them to succeed locally or internationally.

“The curriculum is one of the crucial components of the programme’s success. It recognizes the importance of having a well-rounded curriculum that is global in orientation and local in its application.

“We will therefore under the new scheme, be remodelling and re-equipping 10,000 schools every year for the next ten years. There is no doubt that we would be leaning heavily for direction, support and ideas on the Lagos State University’s Centre of Excellence program.”

He said the government is optimistic that STEAM will fundamentally determine the future of the Nigerian socio-economic landscape.

“We are in a race against other economies and against time. Technology has changed the employment landscape permanently.

“For the first time in human history, men and women will be trained in their own countries, they may even work from their bedrooms and compete for jobs anywhere on the planet.

“Computing is the ultimate agnostic tool. You may never even have to see your employer, your employee or service provider. Our success or failure will determine our economic future,” he added.

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Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), says it is consolidating its existing partnerships with universities in the United Kingdom to ensure that the commission gets more value for its human capital development programmes.

Speaking after a five-day working visit to some universities in the United Kingdom where NDDC scholars are undergoing post-graduate studies, acting managing director, Professor Nelson Brambaifa, said “it was important to find out the challenges scholars are facing in their various institutions in order to resolve them.’’

Professor Brambaifa said the visit afforded the team, including the acting executive director, finance and administration, Dr Chris Oyirinda Amadi and directors of the commission, “the opportunity to explore the prospects of deepening the relationships with foreign institutions, to ensure we take advantage of other mutually beneficial programmes.”

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