The President of the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Bisi Adeyemi, has said blended learning will help to reposition the education sector in the country.
Adeyemi, at the 2021 African Edutech Conference held in Lagos, said blended learning would ensure students remain competitive in the age of globalisation.
The NBCC President noted that children in Africa are becoming digitally literate at early age, saying this had further underlined the massive opportunity technology represents for education.
She said, “With over 70 per cent of its population under the age of 30, Africa has one of the youngest population in the world; the infrastructure deficit has resulted in a significant skills gap amongst our young population.
“With mobile penetration now standing at over 50 per cent, the story of increasing technology adoption in Africa continues to break records, no doubt driven by the young ‘mobile-first’ generation.
“Like in many parts of the world, children in Africa are becoming digitally literate at a very early age, further underlining the massive opportunity technology represents for education.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Edufirst, Mr. Moses Imayi said the need for overhauling of the curriculum could prepare students for global competitiveness.
Imayi said the major challenge of education in Africa in the 21st century was centered on the inability to deploy digital tools for teaching and learning, adding that building a curriculum that could make the students confident of global competition was germane for the future of Africa.
The conference organised by the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce and Education First Nigeria Limited was themed, ‘Education and Technology: Bridging the Gap.’