By Adeniyi Onaara
The Babajide Sawn-Olu administration will continue to foster essential partnerships to upscale the implementation of the third pillar of the ‘Themes’ agenda, ‘Education and Technology’ to ultimately prepare world class multi-skilled workforce for global recognition.
Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo reaffirmed this at the formal launch of the Nigeria Learning Passport, a digital learning platform in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s fund, Unicef, in Ikeja, Lagos said ” The present Government is driven by Mr Sanwo-Olu ‘s uncommon political will, he is passionate about huge investment which will enhance socio-economic growth as an intervention to bridge the knowledge gap using technology which enriches creativity”.
The goodwill message by the Chief of UNICEF field office, Celine Lafoucriere who exuded delight at the launch centered on the vision to increase global access. “At UNICEF, we remain resolute to achieving the sustainable development goal on education by complementing the federating states to accelerate education reforms”
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Abayomi Abolaji informed the gathering that the government has been utilizing different informal platforms following the global realities that ‘learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom’, Abayomi said ” We commend the sterling contributions of our frontline partner, UNICEF in ensuring that learning continues even when children are not within a school structure” .
A cross – section of selected students presented an enlightening dance-drama on the steps to register and participate in the digital platform for learning, outlining its core benefits.
The well-attended, epochal meeting had in attendance top management of the Lagos State ministry of Education, Heads of its various Agencies, Stakeholders from the private sector and student representatives.
The Nigeria learning passport is another solution to close the learning poverty curve focused on equitable, quality and flexible learning, it enables access to education for children, youth and teachers through the use of portable, digital devices.