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NITDA endorses Degem’s EduSoft

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has endorsed the Degem Systems education application known as EduSoft.

Giving this endorsement on behalf of NITDA recently on tour of Degem Systems in Israel, facilitated by the African Telecommunications Foundation, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics at the agency, Dr. Moses Ubaru, disclosed that the endorsement is very vital given the kind of its course wares, which he noted are crucial for a developing country like Nigeria.

He also pledged the support of NITDA in collaborating with the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), ATEF and Degem Consortium to explore the application in the nation’s educational system.

President of Degem, Mr. Israel Asher noted that the company founded in 1969 has since become a leading IT firm with its general education division focusing on the development and production of computerized systems for education at all levels.

“From kindergarten, primary, secondary schools to adult education,” he said.

He elucidated that in this division encompasses the multi-centre, which combines different IT learning technologies, and the Degem Next, which supplies most innovative and modular systems for introduction of science and technology in schools.

Leader of the delegation and ATEF President, Dr. Emmanuel Nnama, pointed out that one of the unique systems from Degem is the Compact Mobile Unit (CMU), stressing that its a mobile teaching and learning technology that avails mobile-teaching to be delivered even in the remote areas with moveable and interchangeable training modules, audio visual modules, easy-to-use systems, and rugged systems that could survive harsh environments.

“These units make it possible for teaching to be delivered even in farms and other such locations where the students are not accustomed to normal classroom learning,” he asserted.

He further explained that CMUs could produce skilled manpower artisans in various basic trades such as agriculture, animal husbandry, agro mechanics, home agro industries, basic skills including mechanics, carpentry, electrical installation as well as health education, social services, military maintenance to name a few.

According to him, all this would take upto 72-hour credits, “thereafter, participants can become self-employable.”

Degem systems, he said, have a range of applications and technologies, which the delegation welcomed as unique and relevant for the education environment in the country.

Dr. Nnama who was a former Executive Vice Chairman, of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), hinted that the trip was funded by a philanthropist, who refused to be mentioned in the press, pointed out that the desire to apply Degem system in the country is to multiply the nation’s quest for improved educational system.

The delegation was made up of officials of the non-governmental organisation (NGO), NITDA, the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), and UNN.

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