The first edition took place on the 15th of October 2020, at Hamdala Hotel, Waff Road, with the Theme ‘Digitally Enhanced Teaching, Learning and Research’. This was in response to the inability of educators to teach due to the close-down of schools in Nigeria, in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. We had a mixture of Technology and Education experts drawn from Nigeria, US and the UK to teach over 300 educators drawn from 81 schools across 4 states on how to leverage technology in teaching and learning.
Education as a fundamental human right is an inherently democratic ideal. Throughout history, it has been a universally recognized concept that knowledge is power. It is precisely our universal education system and the free exchange of knowledge that has propelled our human society forward at a pace unimaginable to our ancestors.
In recent times the Nigerian educational system has been plagued with lots of issues from Covid- 19 to insecurity. There has been an unprecedented clampdown on many educational institutions with abduction of students, murder of some in the process, while releasing some in exchange for ransom by bandits.
According to UNICEF, about 10.5 million of the children between the ages of 5-14 years are out-of-school in Nigeria. This statistics is even worse in the Northern part of the country with only 53% net attendance rate, meaning almost half of the children’s population are out of school.
In the north, the gender gap remains particularly wide and the proportion of girls to boys in school ranges from one girl to two boys to one to three in some states. Student enrollment rate has declined by a whopping 23% which can be attributed to parents deciding against releasing their wards to school for fear of being abducted or kidnapped. Many of the parents who defy the odds to send their wards to school now rue their choice.
This reality is further impacted by the enforced lockdown from the covid-19 pandemic which resulted in schools being shut down intermittently for almost a year. Many of the students are currently yet to return back to school after the lockdown in 2020.
Furthermore, the educational sector in Nigeria is facing increased challenges in ensuring quality education and satisfactory learning achievement as resources are spread more thinly across a growing number of students.
The net result of all these challenges is a rapid decline in the quality of education, as performances in internal and external examinations continue to hit the rock bottle.
In the midst of all these challenges, we have found ourselves in a double-edged sword of accelerated pace of change in education brought on by modern technologies as our modern world is leaving the majority of Nigerian educators behind thereby creating a widening gap. Education Technology has revolutionized how we teach and learn. Nigerian educators can not be left behind in leveraging technology to facilitate transformative learning as we have seen in other parts of the world.
- How do we increase confidence and trust in the usage of technology in teaching and learning amongst educators thereby close the widening gap in education
- How do we correct the misleading perception of people that online education is for the elites and beyond the access to the unreached and unserved regions of Nigeria
- How can educational institutions collaborate with tech companies to create online course platforms that can adapt education to the needs of students and attract typically marginalized groups thereby democratizing education.
- How can stakeholders in the education sector work together in leveraging technology to close the diversity gap in education in areas like gender, socioeconomic background and region,
- What are the interventions from the government and International Non-governmental organisation in the areas of education technology
- What are the infrastructural needs in schools and households to deliver seamless massive open online course (MOOC) styled education.
- What are the regulations around online education in Nigeria
Our experience has shown us that democratizing learning leveraging EdTech is a collaborative effort because considering daily realities, there’s clearly no one-size-fits-all silver bullet, but if knowledge is power, how and with whom we choose to share it will be the defining feature of our future society.
We invite you to join us on the 15th of October, 2021 for the second edition of Ihifix Digital Summit for Educators’ in rethinking online education, so as to build a vibrant and efficient human capital.
- to provide a platform that rallies stakeholders to embrace the emerging new normal of tech-based remote education;
- to leverage on technology to close the gender disparity gap in education;
- to promote tech-driven strategies to halt and reduce increasing rate of out-of-school children caused by insecurity; and
- to facilitate networking and explore opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders in championing a tech-driven education system.
The engagement, on day one, will feature a stakeholders dialogue with PowerPoint presentations, panel discussion, interactive and commitment for action by participants. On the second day, there will be hand-on training with PowerPoint presentations, break-out and plenary sessions, and interaction.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Our KeyNote Speaker
KABIRU SULAIMAN CHAFE
Kabiru Sulaiman Chafe was born on 2nd May 1958. He obtained his bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees in History from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. After a brief service in the Ministry of Education, Sokoto State, he joined the services of History Department of Ahmadu Bello University in January 1986. He was seconded to the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monument and served as the Head of National Museum, Kaduna in 1991. In the same year he was selected as one of the 10 African scholars for the Sabbatical Fellowship on “Reflections on Development in Africa” by the Rockefeller Foundation, and consequently became a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the 1991/1992 academic session.
In 1994, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship by the Chair of the Committee on Race Relations, St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford. However, in the same year he was also elected a member of the 1994/95 Nigerian National Constitutional Conference, during which he was appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Member of the Nigerian Federal Executive Council. He returned to Ahmadu Bello University in 1998, during which he served as the Head of History Department; Dean, Faculty of Arts; Member of the University’s Governing Council, representing the University Congregation; the Pioneering Director of the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology; and Director, Arewa House – Centre for Historical Documentation and Research, Kaduna. He voluntarily retired from the services of Ahmadu Bello University on 30th April 2018. He is currently a founding member and Director, Arewa Research and Development Project; an independent Research Centre based in Kaduna.
Emmanuel Odeh Adikpe
Emmanuel Odeh Adikpe is a trained Scientist, IT practitioner, Social Worker and entrepreneur. He is notable for envisioning and executing projects from ground up with proven capacity to provide structured framework to analyse complex situations into simple strategic deliverables. He is the Founder and CEO of Ihifix technologies limited; a digital company that is on a mission to put everything and everyone online in Africa. Also, he is a Champion trainer on the Google Digital Skills Project with Mind The Gap Nigeria training over 40,000 persons. He is a Coach with Upskill Digital Uk and a certified management consultant.