Digital Academy: Microsoft To Dole Out 3,600 Computers
…As Signal Alliance, Oyo State Set For Digital Literacy Transformation
By Gina Emmanuel
In a bid to support the Oyo State government and Signal Alliance attain global technological relevance and put Nigeria on the digital map, Microsoft has pledged to support with 3,600 computers.
This digital literacy programme;Microsoft Imagine Academy is expected to give access and qualitative education to pupils in both public and private schools .
And eight centres in the State would be provided 800 computers . And 700 computers till the next four years to complement the state government’s efforts until each school in the state is covered.
The plan, which is propelled by the Oyo State Model Education System Interventions (OYOMESI) was disclosed at a media briefing attended by the representatives of Signal Alliance, Microsoft and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector of the state.
Speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Bisi Akin-Alabi stated that the state would launch digital literacy centers to prepare the state towards producing a knowledgeable competent workforce in the country.
She explained that the state government alliance with Signal Alliance and Microsoft would give birth to eight digital literacy and cluster learning centres with 100 computers each.
Akin-Alabi said that every student is expected to benefit from the digital literacy, noting that Microsoft has also promised to give the state
Chief Executive Officer,Signal Alliance,Mrs Adanma Onuegbu, said “The future is now and it’s important to adequately prepare our youths and graduates before they join the workforce in order to ensure quality input into the nation’s economy.
“We are raising against time. The world is a global village. Our youths and graduate must be ready to compete at the global scale and its only through deliberate innovative intervention like this by the Oyo State government that real impart can be made.”
She however called on all stakeholders to support the digital literacy drive of the State Government. She assured that the company would ensure that the objectives of the programme are realized.
The Oyo State government, initially, wanted to provide three Cluster Learning Centres, as a pilot scheme but the partnership with Signal Alliance and Microsoft increased it to eight.
Head of Education Program Microsoft Nigeria,Jordan Belmonte, in her comments said that the programme was built towards making Oyo State meet the global technological pace, saying that “This project could put Nigeria on the digital technological map through the state”.
Belmonte pledged Microsoft’s commitment to lifelong education by providing education solutions and at the same time, promoting adoption of ICT in schools. She stressed that the project will lead to institutional change and students can get certification which is recognized globally thereby giving Nigerian companies the opportunity to find the needed talents from their host community.
Furthermore, she says Microsoft’s mission is to ensure that it support advancement in learning and the benefits it provides for Nigerian students. Microsoft Nigeria is committed to providing affordable access to education solutions and promoting the adoption of ICT in schools.
L-R: Adanma Onuegbu, CEO Signal Alliance; Dr. Bisi Akin-Alabi, Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Education; and Jordan Belmonte, Head of Education Program Microsoft Nigeria at the press briefing on the collaboration between Oyo State, Signal Alliance and Microsoft to establish digital literacy clusters in Oyo State.