NGO seeks introduction of digital literacy into school curriculum

From left (sitting): Head of School, I-Scholars International Academy Gwarinpa, Hajiya Jalilah Balogun-Biniyo; Chief Executive Officer, DUMENA Education/Convener of Classrooms of the Future, Mr Kingsley Ezejiaku; Business Manager, Microsoft Azure, Mr Chuks Okpaka and other participants during the DUMENA Education workshop on ‘Classrooms of the Future with the theme: Global Trend in Tech Education’, in Abuja on Tuesday
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By Aderogba George

Mr Kingsley Ezejiaku, Chief Executive Officer, Dumena Education, has urged school owners to introduce and integrate digital literacy courses into their school curricula to enable children to learn technology with ease.

Ezejiaku made this advocacy on Tuesday in Abuja at the Classroom of the Future Workshop, with the theme “Global Trend in Tech Education.”

The workshop was organised by Dumena Education.

Digital literacy is an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, and communicate information using typing or digital media platforms.

Ezejiaku said that Dumena Education is a platform that creates concepts to make it easy for children in primary and secondary schools to learn technology.

“I think it is time we begin to have digital literacy in our curriculum in both primary and secondary schools.

So, this workshop is designed to show schools how they will be able to integrate technology and digital literacy into their curriculum.’’

According to him, children learning mathematics, English and Physics can also learn how to build websites, programmes and robotics from their classroom.

Ezejiaku said that digital literacy helped children learn to build things at a very young age and provide digital solutions to problems that were peculiar to the people.

He said the initiative was aligned the “National Digital Literacy Framework” that was unveiled by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in July, 2023.

He said that organisation’s goal was to see that children were learning how to build websites as part of their programmess.

He said that the workshop would be replicated across the 36 states of the nation and FCT.

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“I think the government needs to identify organisations like ours who are already aligning with their policies and provide support to organisations that are on ground to implement government policies and directions,” he said.

On her part, Mrs Ngozi Amanfo, Head of School, Oaks and Acorns Montessori School, Abuja, said the programme was a good one because it enabled teachers to follow up with what the children were studying about technology in schools and at home.

“In the world that we are in, it is difficult to follow up with what the children are doing in their ICT, robotics classes, coding classes.

“So with the programme, I think it will be really interesting to follow through with the children both at home and in school,’’ she said.

She further expressed that the programme would help build the children to create technology innovations that could be used to solve problems in future.

Director of Bankys Private School, Olusola Bankole, said this programme was a very fascinating one; coming from Nigeria and structured to help children dive into digital literacy (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Chijioke Okoronkwo

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