Firstbank Nigeria Limited has presented 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State Government for distribution to students in the state.
The presentation of the devices which is also in partnership with Robert & John (an edu-tech enterprise and parent company of Roducate) was aimed to facilitate learning for children at home, following the closure of schools brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the presentation, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said:
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“the e-learning initiative aligns with our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiatives and falls under one of our key strategic pillars, thus Education through Support to our Communities.”
“We are excited to promote education and have consistently demonstrated this in our support of 10 universities and three secondary schools on infrastructure projects; our support of 10 universities with professorial chairs and provision of financial literacy, entrepreneurial and career counselling to over 80,000 students in over 80 secondary schools in the country”,
The bank has also collaborated with IBM and Curious Learning to target school children and individuals of all ages in pursuit of knowledge.
In a statement released by the bank, Lagos State Governor, Jide Sanwo-Olu, commended Firstbank as a real development partner with Lagos State, noting that the intervention came at a time the State was massively deploying technology to transform the conventional mode of teaching and learning.
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“When we were developing our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the outset that we could not achieve much progress in improving the quality of learning without using technology as a strong enabler. So, it is not out of place that we are witnessing more infusion of technology in learning and this intervention by FirstBank could not have come at a better time.”
“It feels great when you have people and organisations share in your vision and working with you to realise it. I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in FirstBank, which has supported us to actualise the vision we have signed to achieve. Many years back, nobody foresaw Coronavirus (COVID-19) would come and disrupt our ways of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves.”
“FirstBank and all technical partners that worked on this project have written their names in the heart of students that will be using the device to learn. They will be forever grateful for passing the future to them.”
The e-learning device is configured in correspondence with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary, and tertiary schools across various fields of academic endeavours, such as science, commercial, and arts. It is built to facilitate cost-effective learning as it relies on internet connectivity to a minimal degree, while learning is on-going.
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