The government of Kogi State has announced a strategic partnership with An educational technology company, EDVES, to transform over 2,000 public schools that are yet to leverage on technology for learning.
The partnership was made known during a visit to some schools in Lagos using EDVES solutions, including Dansol High School, Divine Offspring School, and Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls.
Speaking on the reason for the collaboration, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of EDVES, Dare Adebayo, said the partnership with the Kogi State government was to help in the use of technology to drive teaching and learning.
The educational technology company currently has a presence in over 1,600 schools spread across 10 countries in Africa.
He said the collaboration was part of the decision to spread their solutions to public schools.
He explained that EDVES solution helps schools to manage data, infrastructure and improve learning outcomes.
He added that With EDVES technology, schools will be able to track students academic performance on a weekly and monthly basis and expose their weaknesses in some of the subjects.
He said the school can also mark attendance, among other features, to make learning and teaching in schools smarter.
Special Adviser to the Governor of Kogi State on Economy, Finance and Investment, Abdulkareem Siyaka, said the state government, led by Governor Yahaya Bello, has declared free education across all levels.
He said this inspired the need for the partnership to overhaul the education system in the state.
Siyaka, who was on a visitation trip to the schools to interact with users of EDVES educational technology, said the Kogi State government is interested in building 15 vocational centres across three senatorial districts for over 800,000 school leavers to acquire skills.
Defending the state government’s sudden introduction of free education a few months to the end of his tenure, Siyaka said the decision was not new.
School Administrator, Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Olufunke Fowler-Amba, said their partnership with EDVES, was part of moves to address the challenges of girl-child education.
She called for concerted efforts from stakeholders to promote girl-child education in the country.
At Divine Offspring School, the Director, Anunobi Okechukwu, commended EDVES for its innovative education technology platform, saying it is helping in delivering qualitative education to their students.
Okechukwu said with the platform, they have been able to track and monitor the character of their students who are mandated to solve critical thinking questions on the platform.