First Bank Offers Devices To Lagos Towards Driving 1 Million Students To E-learning
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier financial inclusion services provider on Thursday, 11 June 2020, offered 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State government at the State House in Marina, Lagos. The devices are intended for distribution to school children.
With the gesture, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the State had found a “real development partner” in FirstBank, noting that the intervention came at a time the Government was massively deploying technology to change the conventional mode of teaching and learning.
The presentation of these devices which is also in collaboration with Robert & John (an edu-tech company that owns Roducate) is part of activities implemented to close the disparities caused by the disruption in children education’s due to schools’ closure, following the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide.
As it stands now, the Bank has enabled over 10,000 free sign-ups to the Roducate e-learning platform with the goal to empower one million students.
“When we were developing our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the outset that we could not achieve much progress in improving the quality of learning without using technology as a strong enabler. So, it is not out of place that we are witnessing more infusion of technology in learning and this intervention by FirstBank could not have come at a better time,” stressed Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State.
“It feels great when you have people and organisations share in your vision and working with you to realise it. I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in FirstBank, which has supported us to actualise the vision we have signed to achieve. Many years back, nobody foresaw Coronavirus (COVID-19) would come and disrupt our ways of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves,” he added.
“FirstBank and all technical partners that worked on this project have written their names in the heart of students that will be using the device to learn. They will be forever grateful for passing the future to them,” he emphasized.
The e-learning device is set up in line with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary schools across various fields of academic endeavours, such as science, commercial and arts.
It is built to enhance cost-effective learning as there is less need for internet connectivity, whilst learning on the device is on-going.
Speaking on the presentation, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said: “the e-learning initiative aligns with our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiatives and falls under one of our key strategic pillars, Education.”
“We are excited to promote education and have consistently demonstrated this in our support of 10 universities and 3 secondary schools on infrastructure projects; our support of 10 universities with professorial Chairs and provision of financial literacy, entrepreneurial and career counselling to over 80,000 students in over 80 secondary schools in the country”, he added.
The Bank has also partnered with IBM and Curious Learning to ensure the e-learning initiative swiftly moves across the country to school children and individuals with the need to enhance the pursuit of knowledge, irrespective of age.
The collaboration with IBM, gives the Digital-Nation Africa program, an online youth-focused learning programme that enables innovation and skills development on emerging technologies through focus areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Cloud, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Data Science and Analytics, and Cybersecurity while Curious Learning offers academic-based contents for students aged 3-8, using fun, self-guided learning apps to support them with their cognitive skills at a fundamental level.