Nigeria's education standard has been on a nose dive and this drop could be seen in the amount apportioned to education in the nation's budget. 

It is still below 10% as against the recommended 26% by UNESCO.

Can you imagine walking into a public primary or secondary school and you find a smart classroom that will offer digital education experience to pupils just like what is obtainable in developed countries? 

That is what the Nigerian government said it hopes to achieve. 

It says plans have been concluded to establish digital education institute and provision of smart learning classrooms across Nigeria.

A spokesperson for the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said on Monday that Smart Classrooms and Digital Education Institute would be established in partnership with a Chinese Digital Technology giant, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited. 

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The plan announcement was contained in a statement by her Media Assistant, Mr Desmond Utomwen.

Orelope-Adefulire said the project was part of the Federal Government commitment to providing quality education to Nigerian children as stipulated in Goal four of the SDGs.


The presidential aide said the idea was to facilitate investment in ICT by building IT Incubators, Digital Studios and Software Outsourcing and Training Hubs.

It is also targeted at creating new jobs in the area of Technology and Innovation.

According to her, smart classroom would be provided for Pilot Science Nursery and Primary School in the FCT in the first phase of the project.

The project will be officially launched on August 14 by the Acting President,Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and would serve as a model technology-based classroom.

“The Digital Education in Africa (IDEA) was initiated by the Nigerian Government and NetDragon through Public Private Partnership to attract Direct Foreign Investment.

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“The idea is to facilitate the setting up of the National Education Resource Public Service Platform, National Education Community Network Platform, National Digital Talent Training Platform, and National Future Education Experience Centre,” she added.

The SSAP-SDGs said that the initiative was to provide high-quality digital education resources and new teaching and collaborative model for basic education in Nigeria.

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“In terms of lifelong education, the Talent Training Platform will carry out lifelong skills training and intelligent management of talents in Nigeria to achieve talent upgrading and optimal allocation of social resources.

“Our aim is to use technology to drive the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4, 8 and 9 regarding quality education, economic growth as well as industry and innovation.

“With this, jobs will be created through the E-Learning Platforms, Educational Software and Applications as well as other innovations.

“We want to ensure that all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development by 2030,” she said

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