Oando Foundation (OF), an independent charity and Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese Chemical Company have partnered to support ICT Education through the establishment of 3 solar powered ICT Centres in public primary schools across Nigeria. This partnership will impact the lives of over 2,400 beneficiaries; bridging the existing gaps in the implementation of ICT in public schools and empowering pupils in Oando adopted schools with technology skills through creativity and learning. It will also strengthen the capacity of in-school ICT Educators to ensure knowledge transfer and successful implementation of the national curriculum on ICT.
The Foundation supports the Nigerian Government in achieving Universal Primary Education through its Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI), aimed at a holistic improvement of public primary schools. ICT education was included in the Nigerian primary school curriculum in 1999 by the National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC), but the gaps in implementation are still evident. While most children in rural areas do not have access to a computer, three out of every five children in the urban areas lack basic ICT skills. To reverse this negative trend, the Foundation has established 15 ICT/Creative Centres in its adopted schools, serving the learning needs of over 16,000 pupils. An expansion plan is in place to scale up across 47 additional schools by 2018.
According to Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation “ICT is an essential skill for the Nigerian youth. Pupils need to be able to use the latest technology to gain an effective education and stand alongside their peers globally in the twenty-first century. Oando Foundation promotes ICT literacy through a wide variety of formal and informal activities designed to enable learners acquire functional computer literacy.
Together with Sumitomo Chemical and other well-meaning organizations like the Educate-A-Child Qatar, we are creating an enabling environment to provide pupils from marginalized backgrounds invaluable 21st century technology skills.”
Kanako Fukuda, General Manager of CSR Department, Sumitomo Chemical added “Sumitomo Chemical’s Education Support Program for Africa started with the development of Olyset™Net, a long lasting insecticidal net that helps prevent the spread of malaria. We believe that improving Africa’s educational system is also crucial to assisting the continent to overcome poverty and achieve self-sustaining economic development.
Through the partnership with Oando Foundation, we are excited to support the ICT programs in the public schools of Nigeria as we recognize ICT skills are essential to Sustainable Development.”
Oando Foundation is committed to designing and implementing multi-dimensional education interventions that support our schools, communities, and the Nigerian government in realizing the Sustainable Development Goal 4.About Oando Foundation:
Oando Foundation is an independent Charity Launched in 2011 to support the Nigerian Government to achieve its Universal Basic Education (UBE) goal. The Foundation’s vision is to create a sustainable and successful educational system in Nigeria that educates and empowers every child. Its mission is to improve learning environment in primary schools by holistically creating world-class basic education systems to the communities.
Oando Foundation is committed to transforming the educational system in Nigeria through the Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI). AASI is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) designed to improve the deplorable state of public schools and quality of education offered through an integrated and holistic approach aimed at upgrading adopted schools to acceptable standards. The AASI is focused on improving the overall quality of basic education in public primary schools in Nigeria. The programme seeks to create a sustainable, replicable and scalable model for effective teaching and learning in all adopted schools. AASI was initiated in 2007, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB) in line with Oando Foundation’s mission of transforming lives through education.
Oando Foundation has adopted 80 schools across 22 States – Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, and the FCT Abuja.
In Kaduna State, the Foundation currently supports the State Government’s commitment to improving access to quality basic education through the adoption 2 schools – LGEA Primary School, Rido, and LGEA Primary School Rigassa, in 2011 and 2016 respectively. Since its adoption consequent to a devastating flood that destroyed parts of the school in 2011, Oando Foundation, in partnership with Educate-A-Child Qatar, has continued to support LGEA Primary School, Rido, through various interventions which include the construction of 2 blocks of 5 classrooms and sanitation facilities to improve hygiene; capacity building for all teachers and head teachers in modern pedagogy and subject knowledge competencies; training of School Support Officers at the Local Government level to provide school level monitoring and supervision; scholarship awards to 22 students to support their secondary education; and provision of over 1,000 units of teaching and learning materials including teacher guides, lesson plans, subject textbooks, educational charts, stationeries, and recreational materials to strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in the school. The fully equipped ICT Center was provided in partnership with Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited, Japan.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. The company’s consolidated net sales for fiscal 2015 were approximately 2.1 trillion yen, and it has around 31,000 employees. Since 2005 Sumitomo Chemical has been partnering with various organizations in conducting educational support activities centered on the construction of primary and secondary school buildings and related facilities in Africa to support children, on whom the continent’s future rests. To date, Sumitomo Chemical has impacted more than 10,000 children and teachers in 11 countries, bolstering school enrollment and decreasing dropout numbers.For further information on Sumitomo Chemical, please visit the corporate website at http://www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english