The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has flagged off the Science,Technology,Engineering and Mathematics project Centres in two secondary schools in Kano state,Government Secondary School Rano and Federal Government College Kano.The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali,also presented 159 Android Tablets to Students on training at Bayero University Kano.
The Permanent Secretary explained that STEM is one of the components of the National Social Investment Programme(NSIP), which is strategically aimed at providing technical platform that would aid modern teaching and learning on STEM to students in some carefully selected school at both Federal and State-owned Science/Technical Secondary Schools Nationwide.
Technically, the project is aimed at providing e- learning facilities through the establishment of a State – of- the -Art Information and Communication Technology ( ICT) infrastructure and modern teaching content, to serve as a one-stop-shop environment for students in Public Secondary Schools to have access to digital and updated learning materials in sciences, while also developing their ICT skills including the use of the Internet for various purposes.
Continuing, Alkali said STEM has two components, the set-up of the centres in selected government-owned secondary schools and training the Teachers in the schools selected, while STEM centres are established to help students of the secondary schools to have practical experience in digital learning platforms, the training component focuses on building capacity of Teachers to significantly enhance learning of STEM which is the foundation of digital economy. The programme is designed to equip and transform STEM’s Teachers to deliver digital literacy through training, mentoring and provision of devices to aid teaching.
The Representative of the Minister, Alkali added that,each STEM centre is equipped with modern digital equipment and a total of 218 of such schools all over the the 36 States and FCT are equipped with these digital gadgets. Each of the centres are equipped with the followings:
*25 All in One Desktop PC 2
4 inch Screen Intel 2.8 GHz qua-core.
* 25Desktoptableand chairs
*1 Projector of 5000 lumen
*1 Magnetic White Board for learning
*1 WiFi Routers multi-SIM
* 18 Elegoo Robotics set
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s determination and focus towards the development of the young people in digital economy which is the objective of the STEM project. While commending the Government of Kano State, he urged the students to make good use of the the equipments that would aid modern teaching and learning on STEM in the digital world.
The Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje represented by the SSG, Alhaji Usman Alhaji commended the Federal Government for it’s foresight in providing the needed equipment and conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning of STEM nationwide, adding that Kano State is working hard to uplift the standard of Education, that free and compulsory education is yielding result in the state.
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September 21, 2021.