In a bid to improve the standard of Information Technology (IT) in schools in Lagos State and the state government had signed an IT Pack with Microsoft, one of the world leaders in software solutions to incorporate students in its IT academy.
The Managing Director, Denx Project Limited, Dr. Tunji Olowolafe, who disclosed this to newsmen Monday in Lagos said that the government hoped to revolutionise learning in schools across the state by establishing an information technology platform that would encompass various schools that had undergone rehabilitation as a way of improving the state’s educational sector
Olowolafe, who noted the value of the partnership stated that the Microsoft IT Academy would be implemented in public schools and provide the world class Microsoft official curriculum alongside many other free features that the partnership would provide.
According to him, “this company has agreed with Microsoft and its local support group to provide laptops with Microsoft academy software and a training package for both junior and senior secondary schools in the state. The Microsoft IT Academy will provide over 175 e-learning courses to students wanting to advance their software knowledge as well as free e-mail and collaboration tools”.
He also stated that the company was proud to partner Microsoft on this laudable objective to ensuring that students and staff in the state get access to the best technology.
Also speaking on the collaboration, the Development Platform Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Ken Spam maintained that the Microsoft IT Academy programme would offer an affordable solution to deliver high quality ICT education created for schools, adding that the programme included curriculum that can be used in the classroom to supplement students’ individual learning needs.
“The Microsoft IT Academy programme will be of strategic importance in revolutionising learning in Lagos State because of it’s profile. It is a programme designed for accredited academic institutions worldwide and provides educators with tools they need to effectively train students on Microsoft technologies, prepare students for the global economy and create a skilled community” he said.
While noting that the programme was particularly useful in our environment where training resources are scarce, Spam stated that the students would benefit from the curricular, course ware and online learning while teachers would benefit from the available curricular that can be used in the classroom to supplement students individual learning needs.
Spam further assured that the Denx Project Limited would be responsible for the overall management of the new IT Academy, adding that it would work closely with Microsoft to ensure that it was ready, operational and that school teachers were fully ICT trained.