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LASG partners GetBundi on STEM education, inaugurates pilot centre in Yaba

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Last Updated on July 18, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Lagos State Government and GetBundi Education Technology Company have inaugurated a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) laboratory at Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School,
Yaba, Lagos.

The STEM laboratory is the pilot phase of an ongoing partnership between the Lagos State Government and GetBundi that would see the deployment of GetBundi’s education technology platform across schools in the state.

Speaking at the ceremony on Thursday, Dr Adetola Salau, Special Assistant on Education to the Governor of
Lagos State, emphasised the importance of STEM education, saying it would prepare students for emerging challenges.

“STEM will prepare students to constitute an effective workforce; it will equip them with the skills needed to excel in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven society,” she said.

She explained that what the Getbundi was offering was in tandem with the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM UP) Lagos project which she oversees.

According to her, the goal is to infuse the ideals of a globally unified STEAM curriculum, making learning fun,
accessible, sustainable, relatable to learners, while inculcating critical thinking ability, problem identification and solving
skills.

It also encourages collaboration and creativity in designing solutions to
identified challenges in society, she added.

She said that by virtue of the partnership, GetBundi would help to “provide students with real-world experience and help them to develop the skills that are in demand in the job market.

According to her, that goal will be better achieved with the donation of a
STEAM laboratory equipped with the latest equipment and software.

“They (Getbundi) supported our district here – Educational District IV,
specifically Wesley Girls Secondary School – through this generous
support which aligns with our goals that ultimately focus on the provision of quality education for all of the state’s children.

“This encourages educational innovation that aims to improve learning outcomes.

“We are also glad that this laboratory will be at a girls’ secondary school
because we are focused on inspiring girls to pursue STEM courses and careers – by providing access to STEM resources directly at their school.

“That is expected to lead to the setting up of clubs and activities that would support students to learn more about STEM and its relevance to their lives,” she said.

Mr Osita Oparaugo, founder/Chief Executive Officer of GetBundi, in a remark, explained that the STEM
laboratory that had been set up at Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School was a pilot programme to enable the Lagos State government to assess the platform and get feedback from students and teachers.

“The ultimate aim is to ensure that government and GetBundi could then formulate the right framework to deploy the technology across Lagos government schools,” he explained.

He said that GetBundi, a government-approved online educational technology
platform, was focused on using technology to make high-quality and
engaging STEM subjects for secondary school and digital skills courses
accessible to all across Africa.

“Less than 18 percent of Africans, Nigerians inclusive, who enter the
universities, pursue science-related fields due to lack of appreciation
of STEM caused by inability of African countries to invest in science
education mostly at the secondary school level.

“For instance, by 2030, there will be nearly 250 million job gaps in the digital space as our world is constantly changing through technology.

“African youths must be equipped with the right skill if they want to be productive and competitive,” he said.

He said the existing gaps were the reason for setting up GetBundi with the goal of “massifying STEM and Digital Skill courses across Africa”.

According to him, GetBundi has a target to upskill 10 million African workforce by 2030 under the GetBundi Vision 2033.

He disclosed that GetBundi currently offers online vocational training
on 16 digital skills courses six of which had courses in pidgin English developed by industry experts in Africa and around the world.

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Why we didn’t join strike– Private school proprietors

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Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Fellow Press

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Lagos State Chapter, says its members did not join the indefinite labour strike because they believe that strike is not the way to get a solution.

The President of the chapter, Mr Alaka Yusuf, told journalists on Tuesday in Lagos that strike would also disrupt learning and students’ progress.

He said that NAPPS operated on a planned academic calendar and could not afford to lose any day.

While public primary and secondary schools were under lock on Monday and Tuesday due to labour strike, private schools were open for operations.

The nationwide strike was called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The unions protested inclusiveness of negotiations with the Federal Government on a new minimum wage.

NLC and TUC have, however, suspended the strike for a week to give room for continued negotiations on a new minimum wage.

The suspension followed a meeting of the unions with Federal Government representatives on Monday.

Alaka said, “I want to say NAPPS has been advised by our president not go on strike but to be watchful during strike.

“Our schools are not affected, and we must ensure that our students learn adequately.

“We believe we are helping government to bridge the gap in education. When a child is not educated or loses a day to be educated, that child has lost a lot in his or her development.

“For us, going on strike is not a way to get solution to the nation’s problem,” he said.

Alaka said that NAPPS would prefer that NLC and TUC should continue to engage the Federal Government in dialogue for resolution of any conflict.

“However, we expect the government, too, to reason with the citizenry and see that everything that we are doing, especially now that inflation has risen, is commensurate,” Alaka said.

Mrs Adebola Olubodun, Principal of Grimes International College, a private school in Suberu Oje, Alagbado, Lagos State, also told NAN that the school did not go on strike.

”We are in school, teaching and learning are ongoing, students will be having their test this week.

“For us, there is no strike,” Olubodun said.

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FG States when students loan will start in state universities

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Last Updated on May 31, 2024 by Fellow Press

The student loan scheme will be open to state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, May 30, Akintunde Sawyerr, Managing Director of Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), Sawyerr said the fund aims to start receiving applications on June 25. However, he added that the date remains tentative due to factors like data upload by institutions.

He said;

“We will commence accepting applications from students attending state-owned tertiary institutions in three weeks time. We request all state institutions to submit their students data immediately in order to facilitate a smooth and seamless application process.”

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