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NDLF: NITDA to deliver initiatives via innovative ideas, stakeholder engagement

Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General of NITDA (middle), Flanked by Mrs. Joice Gomina, Executive Director of Operations and Programmes of Afrelib Academy (right); Members of the Management Team of NITDA; and Other Representatives of the Academy at NITDA Headquarters, in Abuja, FCT        

*Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, restates the agency’s commitment to achieving 70 percent digital literacy level by 2025 with the National Digital Literacy Framework (NDLF) through innovative approaches in delivering initiatives, continuous collaborations and stakeholder engagement

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in line with the digital literacy campaign, has restated its commitment to achieving 70 percent digital literacy level by 2025 through innovative approaches in delivering initiatives, continuous collaborations and stakeholder engagement.

Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA, affirmed this while receiving representatives from the Afrelib Academy, led by Mrs. Joice Gomina, Executive Director of Operations.

ConsumerConnect reports Afrelib Academy is Afrelib is a learning solution providing organisation.

The Academy, in a statement via its verified social media platform, notes it partners with other organisations “to provide resources and support to teachers, and learners in filling learning gaps and enhancing learning achievements.”

The Information Technology (IT) sector regulatory agency said the purpose of the Afrelib team’s visit was to seek NITDA’s partnership as co-host of Afrelib Academy’s bootcamps slated for August 2024; 2024 Tech and Career Expo with the theme: “Tech for Earth” in September this year, and to have Inuwa as a Keynote Speaker and sponsorship support for their Tech Challenge Winners.

From the digital literacy perspective, Inuwa stated: “We have three key areas; firstly, is the Formal Education where we are working with the Minister of Education to review curriculum and infuse all these skills in formal education.

“But we have a lot to do to achieve that in terms of training the teachers, getting the equipment available for them to use and so on.”

The Director-General of NITDA also noted: “Secondly, for those outside the formal education (informal), we have an initiative which we call the Digital Literacy for All where we are working on building an Edtech platform (a learning Management System) where people can learn at their own pace.

“We are looking at translating it to Nigerian Languages, so that people who cannot read and understand English can do so in their own local languages.”

The NITDA Chief further said: “We are exploring partnering with the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) as they are in 774 Local Government Areas, to be onboarding people and making the content as simple as possible.

“So that anybody who listens or watches these contents can pick something from it. We believe going through the NYSC will help us to reach the critical mass we are looking at.”

He stated: “Finally, we also have the formal workforce, which is to train people working for the government and private sector because the workforce needs to be digitally literate to increase productivity at work.”

Inuwa as well assured the Academy of NITDA’s full support as both organisation share the same vision of fostering IT development and digital literacy.

“We need to review your curriculum to make sure it aligns with the National Digital Literacy Framework (NDLF).”

According to him, NITDA is working to have at least one Innovation Hub per state so that when people learn they can have a place to develop their proof of concept

The Chief Executive of the agency stated that both organisations could work together in the aspect of having tech clubs across schools in the country.

Speaking during the meeting, Mrs. Gomina, Executive Director of Afrelib Academy, said the Academy, which is a made up of a team of experts and passionate educators, had seen the gap between young children who are digital natives and their teachers who are still using old methods to prepare them for a future that is constantly evolving.

The Executive Director of Afrelib also disclosed the Academy is working on building a platform where these children would be mentored and given a safe space to explore technology within the ethics of morality.

She stated: “We want to reduce that entitlement mentality and increase that mentality of citizenship, responsibility, and showing them that they can contribute to nation building using technology.”

Mrs. Gomina also touched on some of the activities of the Academy, including bootcamps for children, summer tech challenges, and teacher training.

She equally appreciated NITDA for its willingness to support and partner with the Academy.

The Afrelib Academy did a demo of some of the prototype developed by children who have undergone training with them, said NITDA.

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