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FG introduces AI, Coding, Robotics, in smart schools

The Federal Government has introduced Design Thinking, Coding, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (DTCRA), in the newly established smart schools across the country. Executive Secretary of…

The Federal Government has introduced Design Thinking, Coding, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (DTCRA), in the newly established smart schools across the country.

Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, who disclosed this said government is determined to equip learners in the smart schools with necessary skills needed to support technological development of Nigeria.

Bobboyi stated this at a workshop on “Integrating Design Thinking, Coding, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (DTCRA) into the Smart Schools Programme” which was held at the Digital Resource Centre (DRC) of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), a statement by UBEC spokesperson, Mr David Apeh, said.

He explained that the introduction of the programmes in classroom would equip the students with the right skills necessary to inspire critical thinking, creativity, innovation and nurturing problem solvers amongst young learners.

He added that the vision of UBEC to integrate DTCRA in smart schools would help the country to nurture globally competitive learners.

Speaking, the National Coordinator of the Digital Resource Centre (DRC), Prof. Bashir Galadanci said the workshop had brought together seasoned experts drawn from academia, private sector and the Commission to brainstorm on the best ways of integrating the necessary skills in Design Thinking, Coding, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (DTCRA) into smart schools.

Recalled that the Commission had recently established 37 smart schools across the country.

According to Apeh, the smart education was an ambitious programme introduced within the basic education subsector with one smart school in each state of the Federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

He said: “14 of these schools have taken off in different parts of the country with learners in these schools being exposed to modern blended methods of teaching and learning, and the use of state-of-the-art technologies in improving learning outcomes.”

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