How NITDA is driving NASSE in Nigeria
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), as part of its Nigeria Smart Initiative in the Education Sector, is partnering with sub-national Governments at the grassroots to deploy digital education platform to aid remote teaching and learning thereby preparing the nation for the future of education.
NASSE is an implementation of Nigeria Smart Initiative by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in the education sector, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, as a policy directive of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy led by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami to aid implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria. As part of our strategic objectives, we are to support every sector of the economy to succeed at this digital age.
NDEPS, as the main driver of digital Nigeria, is in support of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in education, especially the Goal 4 on “Quality Education” and the campaign promise of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in education. NASSE is designed to accelerate the achievement of this global and national agenda by smartly engage in “building and upgrading education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive with provision of safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all”.
The first pilot scheme is in partnership with Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). This has led to the selection of the Junior Secondary School (JSS) Karshi. The pilot scheme is adopting the current JSS 2 students that will be promoted to JSS 3 in a short while. Adopting JSS 2 will provide a better means of measuring learning outcomes against students’ performance into Senior Secondary School 1 in 2022.
The following are the benefits:
1. Indigenous Cloud based Digital Education Platform for smart teaching and learning;
2. National Educational Research Development Council (NERDC)-based curriculum and contents;
3. Digital literacy capacity building for more than 500 students and teachers;
4. Free WiFi (unlimited contents download and upload) for students and teachers;
5. Renewable Energy System;
6. Smart Education Devices (Tablets and android-enabled screen)