British Council, in collaboration with Microsoft Nigeria, a global Information Technology firm, has donated 40 digital hubs to two public schools in Lagos.
The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, did this in demonstration of its support for e-learning in Nigeria, and as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Each of the digital hubs, located at Ojota Senior Secondary School, Ojota and Oregun Senior High School, Oregun, Ikeja consists of complete computer facilities such as a monitor, Central Processing Unit, Uninterruptible Power Supply facilities, a table, a chair with internet connection. Twenty digital hubs each were provided for the two schools.
Speaking at the joint commissioning ceremony of the projects held at Oregun Senior High School, Country Manager, British Council, Mr. David Higgs, said his orgainsation decided to partner Microsoft, which supplied the computer facilities, because of the latter’s penchant to drive education, using modern ICT tools.
“We like the approach of collaboration between British Council and Microsoft. Future will be more of collaborations between orgainsations in building institutions for common goods and to build education, our collaboration has become a reality today,” he said.
Higgs noted that in total, British Council had deployed 90 digital bubs in six countries across the sub-Sahara Africa, stressing that as one of the largest economies in Africa, Nigeria cannot afford to delay in infusing ICT in its educational development.
“There is a very large population of young people in Nigeria and this means there is a great potential. We need to give the youths ICT tools to compete economically in the 21st century. Today, life is increasingly depending on ICT to drive quality education,” he said.
Higgs said with the commissioning of the facilities, which will later be maintained by the Lagos State Government through the ministry of education, students would have the opportunity to access academic materials from anywhere in the world as well as collaborate with their peers in other countries.
He therefore urged the students and teachers to take advantage of the hubs to explore the benefits inherent in ICT.