Education Minister, Akindolani, to Speak at Edutech Summit

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, and the McAnderson Associates, United Kingdom, Chief Executive Officer, have been scheduled among personalities to speak at the 2023 Edutech Summit.

The two-day event organized by Afritex in partnership with relevant stakeholders would be held at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The 2023 edition is themed: “Next Step Learning – Bridging Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics Education (STEM) With Cleantech.”

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, the programme is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, November 21, and some of the sessions would focus on the linkage between clean technology innovation for sustainable education.

Akindayo said part of the summit’s objective is to seek active collaboration with cleantech companies in the country as part of efforts to deliver useful and cleaner technological solutions for school learning.

He cited an example of the organisation’s partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Microsoft, where nearly 500 students are being trained across three major states – Bauchi, Lagos, and Abia States on ICT skills.      

“We are lucky to have been supported by the AfDB on the Coding for Employment project. It is a testament to our commitment to supporting young people, creating values through digital skills, ultimately making them employable.”

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As a panelist, he unfolded plans to discuss, among others, the need for education institutions to include the importance of online safety as an integral part of their vision and digital strategy.

In his remarks, the organizer, Oyesola Oworu of Afritex, described the event as the fifth in the series.

He disclosed that in the past four editions, the event was able to converge dynamic and creative education professionals and enthusiasts from across the country to explore new education-driven technologies.

“EdTech Summit and Awards is Africa’s largest EdTech Summit connecting educators, innovators, and influencers for two days of inspiration, impact, and social innovation,” he stated.

Oworu, however, revealed that the 2023 edition of the EdTech is aimed to encourage students to apply their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and CleanTech knowledge to address local environmental challenges and also help schools reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact in the country and Africa at large.

Other dignitaries slated for the event are the Permanent Secretary, Federal Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, William Nwankwo, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Mr. Tope Fashedemi, the Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone Limited, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Engr. Ahmed Salihijo and the Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Arch. Sonny Echono.


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