COVID-19: NGO plans conference on digital divide in Nigeria’s primary education

The Global Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Capacity Development, an ICLED NGO, and ICLED xBusiness School, Lekki, Lagos, (IBS) in collaboration with her USA Partner, Smart Kids Club USA is set to hold an Education conference to address the Global Digital Divide in primary education in Nigeria.

The theme of the conference is tagged, ‘Nigeria reads: A Panacea for Reducing the Digital Divide and Marginalisation of the Primary School Students as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.’ It will be moderated by Johanna Le Blanc, a U.S based National Security and Foreign Affairs Legal Analyst who frequently appears in Channels T.V and many other African Networks.

A statement by the Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, said the  conference will be under the Chairmanship of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Dr. Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo. Other Dignitaries  will be from the American Embassy, Consulate General, the minister of education, the state commissioner for education,  and corporate organisations while the Keynote Address  will be delivered by Mr. Wale Adeosun, Founder/CEO Kuramo Capital, Manhattan, New York on the topic, ‘The Global Importance of Investing in Education.’

The conference, which is scheduled to take place virtually on Thursday 20th August, 2020 by 10 am is expected to have other speakers from the American Embassy and different government functionaries including Mrs Lai Koiki, Founder of Greensprings Schools and Dr. Tajuna Kumari from India.

According to the convener of the conference and founder of ICLED, Professor Olajumoke Familoni, “The Chief Technology Officer of Smart Kids Club, Delaware USA, Mr. Harjeet Singh will present the Application which teaches Literacy and Numeracy skills with no use for Data once downloaded.”  She added, “This APP from our USA partner will bridge the divide by teaching reading skills for Literacy and Mathematic skills for Numeracy.”

Familoni said  that the purchase of the APP by the State Governments, the Federal Government, Private Sector, Foundations and NGOs will go a long way to reach the remote areas of the country.

She stressed, “There are also children in the cities and in the Northern areas that have no access to education without Data and Power. The COVID 19 has increased the number of students with no access to education thereby increasing the issues of the girl child and increase in vices such as rape, abuse, kidnapping and poverty.”

“Invitation to the Launching of the APP and the Conference has been sent to corporate organisations such as Banks, Senators from USA, Foundations, NGOs, Stakeholders and Members of the Media while over 500 participants have registered worldwide.”

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