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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Zinox partners Zaria Academy on PC diffusion


Zinox Computers and Zaria Academy have entered into a partnership to boost Personal Computer (PC) diffusion plus awards for the best performing five students annually.

The partnership has been designed to support the Zaria Academy with the technology, skills and the competitive spirit to consolidate the gains of its unique model.

Chairman, Zinox Computers, Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh, gave this insight recently at the end of his business visit to the academy, noting that the school has unique model worthy of emulation that distinguishes the Academy from the national poor performance of schools at the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) theory test.

He commended the Zaria Academy for recording tremendous success in the May June 2010 WAEC results by scoring 90 per cent, a clear indication that the academy model was working and worthy of emulation and support.

Ekeh also noted that the Zaria Academy model addresses three core questions that educationists must answer in Nigeria today, namely, how do we get our children to spend longer hours each day reading? How do we get them to spend more time in the classrooms? How do we ensure that what is taught is relevant to industry needs thus making graduates employable?

All these, he said, are answered with the launch of the “Zinox WhizKid” in mind, stressing that the mini Notebook loaded with over two million e–books and 100,000 simulated WAEC, NECO, GCE and JAMB questions, answers and more.

He assured that this star product which their e -Educational Research/Development dept. spent millions of Naira to produce has proven to be a miracle tool for good students.

Aside providing 100 Zinox WhizKids and other digital equipment for teaching and learning, Zinox he said, would also train four teachers in her laboratory for one week to drive this vision of excellence.

Further, he made it known that an annual grants of N250,000 and a laptop for the Best Overall student, N200,000 plus a laptop for the 2nd Best, N150,000 plus a laptop for the 3rd Best, N100,000 and a laptop for the 4th Best, and N50,000 plus a laptop for the 5th Best.

Ekeh urged the staff and students to take advantage of the Information Technology (IT) tools that the proprietor, Dr Haroun Adamu has painstakingly assembled, adding that no one in the world is destined to be poor in this century and Zinox is all about altering the destiny of young Nigerians positively.

He reminded them that the key to wealth creation is hard work with genius accounting for 1 per cent and perspiration 99 per cent.

The knowledge deficit, that is, the gap between what is expected of a  student and actual performance and knowledge in relation to WAEC, JAMB, and NECO, he pointed out have become so alarming that well meaning Nigerians are genuinely worried about the future.

He reaffirmed Zinox’s commitment to reduction of this knowledge deficit with a N250, 000,000 budget for research into strategies to make learning and teaching more fulfilling.

Earlier, the proprietor and chairman, Governing Council of Zaria Academy, Dr. Haroun Adamu, described Dr. Ekeh’s return to Nigeria 25 years ago as very eventful because the gentleman carried himself with the nothing–is–impossible air of a miracle worker.

Dr. Adamu said this has led to the success story that is Zinox Group and its subsidiaries today, urging the students to emulate the drive of the Zinox chairman, Dr. Ekeh.

Some of the students who spoke said that they wanted a new Nigeria based on the Zinox vision.

Remmy Nweke

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