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FG understudies South Korea smart education

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) says the 37 smart schools being built by the Federal Government in the different states and the Federal Capital Territory are consistent with global best practice in smart education.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, stated this at the end of a study tour with SUBEB chairmen and top officials from UBEC, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the National Teachers Institute (NTI) to South Korea Republic.

The one-week study tour which took place from September 20th to 26th, 2022, was organized by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between UBEC and KOICA on strengthening the ICT utilization capability of smart school teachers.

During the study tour, the delegation visited some smart schools in the country where it became evident that the smart schools being established by the Federal Government were of exceptionally high standards in terms of the befitting school infrastructure, competent and highly trained teachers, and the modern Blended Learning methodology being used.

The delegation also participated in several seminars and interactive sessions where specialists from UBION (the education technology company contracted by KOICA) and officials of the South Korean Ministry of Education took turns to explain the rapid educational progress recorded by Korea and the meticulous processes followed to introduce and sustain smart education in the country.

Dr. Bobboyi explained that Nigeria had a lot to learn from the Korean education system and promised that the lessons learnt would go a long way in adding value to the Nigerian Smart Schools Programme.

Other activities during the trip, include a courtesy call on the Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, Alhaji Aliyu Magashi, and visit to some booths at the Edu Tech Korea Fair and participated in some cultural tours.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Julian Osamoto