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Our target is for smart schools to replace traditional ones – UBEC 

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has said it envisages for traditional primary and secondary schools nationwide to be transformed into smart schools; in order for Nigerians to compete favourably with their peers outside the country.

During an interaction with journalists, Thursday, at the Digital Resource Centre (DRC) in Kado-Kuchi, Abuja, the national coordinator of DRC, Prof Bashir Galadanci, said that many traditional schools are deteriorating beyond what they used to be, hence the need for state governments to look into building smart schools in each local government area.

He said: “Education is being revolutionised and completely transformational. UBEC, under the present Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, is trying to transform the education system so that it can compete with other countries. We need our children to have the skills and digital knowledge to enhance themselves. That is why DRC is all about transformation.

“We have 37 smart schools nationwide, that is one per state. Our hope is that we can have a smart school in each local government area of Nigeria. We want all our schools to be smart. Our children deserve more than they are getting now. We need our children to attend smart schools. Our present schools are deteriorating. If you go back to where you studied, you will see that it is deteriorating. That is why we hope that all our schools will be smart. It may take a long time because they are costly to build. However, like I said, our children deserve the best.”

Also speaking, Head, Capacity Development, DRC, Dr Hafsat Lawal Kontagora, said the mission of DRC is to bridge the digital divide and create a more inclusive society and transform education to meet global best practice.

“Today, we emphasize the importance of partnering with the media. As storytellers, you have the power to amplify our message, raise awareness, and inspire action. By working together, we can create a ripple effect that reaches every corner of our community.” she said.

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