Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Egwu appoints Omatek, 3 others e-learning partners

The Federal Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu, has appointed four Information Technology (IT) firms to implement the electronic learning (e-learning) projects of the government as part of the public, private partnership.

The companies appointed by the ministry are Omatek Computers, Zinox Technologies, Galaxy Backbone and Calfa.

The project partners are to implement both the hardware and software components depending on specialty with regard to the Federal Government’s e-learning scheme which leads to the deployment of a healthy content cum curriculum in addition to monitoring and evaluation to ensure continuity and seamless execution.

Inaugurating the Policy Coordination and Implementation Committees on e-Learning Initiative, recently, the Hon. Minister of Education Dr. Egwu said the purpose is to improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) while increasing the number of students who are proficient IT users in furtherance to the realization of the roadmap for the Nigerian education sector.

He also noted that the Education Roadmap clearly demonstrates a deep understanding of the key issues as hiccups to the Education sector and the e-learning initiative is one of the strategies to be implemented over the next few years as part of efforts to reposition the sector.

Speaking on the development, the Group Managing Director, Omatek Ventures Plc, Mrs. Florence Seriki, said the e-learning initiative offers Nigerians the platform to ensure that Information and Communication Technology tools are deployed to schools and even classrooms under a carefully structured e-learning environment equipped with internet connectivity to create a virtual connection between students and teachers; lecturers and students.

She also said Omatek would bring to bear on the project its experience and expertise from previous and on-going undertakings, having launched its own e-learning initiative and pioneered Nigeria’s first 24-hour solar-powered Light-Emitting Diode (LED) hybrid solution for a secondary school in Igede-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Omatek, she reassured would leverage on its existing e-learning platform to localize the contents, design, build, deploy and maintain a flexible, scalable and comprehensive e-learning solution at all levels including Primary, Post-Primary and Tertiary to further deepen teaching and learning engagement as well as bridge the digital divide that exists between our youths and youths in other parts of the world.

Seriki expressed appreciation to the Minister of Education, Dr. Egwu for believing in Omatek, among others.

“The project will contribute to the Ministry’s broad objectives of improving education through building communities of educators and learners while also developing resources and knowledge through formal education,” she said.


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