The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, reiterated the federal government’s commitment to begin operations in some of the newly constructed smart schools by January 2023.
He gave this assurance when a team of Korean experts led by Professor Dae Joon Hwang of the UBION Consortium paid him a courtesy visit at the end of their 4-week stay in Nigeria.
Speaking on the occasion, the Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Mr. Son Sungil, said the 3-man team had been in Nigeria since July 3, 2022 as part of the implementation. implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between KOICA and UBEC in October 2021.
Among other elements, the objectives of the MoU are to assist Nigeria in the development of the smart schools project, to increase the capacity of teachers in the development and use of ICT content and to improve the teachers’ and students’ access to quality teaching and learning. materials.
Team Leader Prof. Hwang thanked the Executive Secretary for the warm welcome and collaboration they had received from the Commission during their stay, noting that the three pillars of collaboration revolved around the providing sophisticated recording and broadcasting studio equipment in some of the smart schools, developing content with particular reference to math and science, and building the capacity of teachers and education officials across the country in the use of new information and communication technologies (ICT) and blended learning methodology.
Also speaking on the occasion, the coordinator of the smart schools program, Professor Bashir Galadanci, said that during their month-long stay, the team of Korean experts had in-depth discussions with officials from the ‘UBEC, NERDC and NTI on the smart schools program. .
They also visited smart schools in Lafia, Nasarawa State and Tarda, Kano State and had discussions with SUBEB Chairpersons and officials of Kano and Nasarawa States respectively.
In addition, they participated in two workshops organized by UBEC; one for critiquing training course materials for smart school teachers and principals and another for developing blended lesson models for use by smart schools. He explained that UBEC had benefited immensely from their expertise and rich experience.
South Korea is generally regarded as one of the countries with the best education systems in the world in terms of the use of relevant technologies in teaching and learning as well as how well teachers are paid compared to other professionals.