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Omatek consolidates on e-learning

Computer manufacturing firm in the country, Omatek Plc, has opened yet another vista for electronic learning (e-learning) for the education sector.

The Group Managing Director, Omatek Plc, Mrs. Florence Seriki, said at a press conference in Lagos that the latest initiative is to consolidate the firm’s position in the education sector and is add-on to the Omatek e-Xpress programme already in the public domain.

“The e-learning scheme is a holistic solution to consolidate Omatek’s positioning in the education sector,” she said.

The newest Omatek e-learning scheme, Mrs. Seriki said, would act as a one-stop shop which provides a platform to ensure that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools are readily deployed to schools and classrooms under a carefully structured learning environment.

“That is equipped with our 8” and 10” computers; internet connection to create virtual connectivity between students and teachers or lecturers. It also involves the deployment of a robust content and curriculum development,” she said.

According to her, the internet connectivity via the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology would offer hotspots around the schools, “thus creating an enabling environment for teachers and students to deploy their Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) for connectivity.”

She explained that the Omatek e-Learning scheme has been divided into modules for ease of deployment and these modules will assist in streamlining the processes where the practice of teaching and learning could enjoy intervention by the introduction of Information Technology (IT) tools necessary for the creation of e-learning environment across schools in the country.

“The main thrust of the scheme is to create an e-learning experience that will serve to further deepen teaching and learning engagements while reducing concurrent costs of managing materials and resources allocated to schools,” Mrs. Seriki said.

She pointed out that the hardware components of the scheme would comprise the Omatek 8”and 10” smart notebooks, specifically designed with 60 Gigabytes hard disk space and 512 Megabytes (mb) as well as 1 Gigabyte (Gb) of Random Access Memory (RAM) respectively for students and teachers in the educational sector, backed with robust Wi-Fi coverage of each school.

She further enlightened that the smart notebooks are equally portable and come in various attractive colors, including pink, purple, black, and navy blue.

“An alternative computer is the 15.4 laptop for teachers and lecturers,” she said.
Additionally available under the scheme, she said, is the Omatek all-in-one compact PC which comes with a 15-17” flat screen and has the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and monitor built into one.

“It is ideal for schools, computer/ICT laboratories,” she declared, stressing that the advantages of the Omatek Compact computer apart from space conservation is that it has an option of being a touch screen irrespective of the regular flat screen model.

“The Omatek Compact comes with 80 Gigabytes (GB) of Hard Disc Drive (HDD), combined Personal Computer (PC) and CPU, wireless mouse, Wi-Fi ready and it’s equipped with Digital Video Display (DVD) writer,” she said.

Mrs. Seriki emphasized that Omatek is equipped for the e-learning scheme with funding arrangement from partnering banks structured under the e-Xpress initiative which has not been fully utilized based on the various options of facilities available to be explored.

According to her, the Omatek factories in Nigeria and Ghana guarantee quality production, empower the youths, create employment opportunities through encouraging adaptation to technology transfer, research and development.

Omatek, she maintained is committed to bridge the digital divide in the country and this initiative is a demonstration of its strong support for the future of the country’s educational sector.

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