Institutions were urged to prioritize digital learning skills through technology-enabled careers.
ICT experts made the call during a discussion on World Literacy Day 2022.
This year’s celebration themed: “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” emphasizes the need to prioritize digital skills efforts in academic institutions for a sustainable future.
According to an ICT expert, Henry Ojo, the 21st century is constantly changing due to factors such as technology and e-learning and being able to pivot one’s career in a rapidly changing world is paramount.
He reiterated that due to these rapid changes, more and more young people are opting for future-oriented education instead of traditional courses.
“In an increasingly interconnected world where artificial intelligence, big data, metaverse and other technological advancements have become the norm, developing the education sector to focus on these principles that will affect the future economics of society makes sense,” he said.
Another ICT expert, John Odo, explained that a recent report by the World Economic Forum stated that the “schools of the future” are those where content and learning experiences that provide both technical skills and soft skills are redefining education systems.
The report further explains that education models must adapt to equip children with the skills needed to create a more inclusive, cohesive and productive world.
According to ICT professionals, the report highlighted the need to intervene with skills development initiatives such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) from early childhood and to equip educators with relevant digital skills.
“As globalization and rapid technological advancements continue to transform our business and personal worlds, innovative and growth-oriented organizations continue to invest in digital skills development initiatives to empower the next generation.
“With a focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education), we have seen companies engage in additional programs and activities to upskill teachers and students. UNSDG Goal 4, which emphasizes quality education, is essential for achieving sustainable development.
“Exploring out-of-school learning and alternative models of quality education is necessary to nurture and equip children with the relevant skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce.
“TechQuest STEM Academy, a non-profit technology education provider, through a recent partnership with IHS Nigeria, has launched a program to improve digital literacy and STEM in Nigeria by building teachers’ digital capabilities to equip young people with the required skills.
“During previous engagements, the initiative provided teacher training, classroom engagement and problem-solving skills, which were delivered during a technovation, technology entrepreneurship and incubation challenge. of ideas dedicated to improving the integration of STEM application in the Nigerian education system.
“Recognizing the importance of integrating the STEM curriculum into the Nigerian education system, the Mission-T initiative was launched. Through the Mission-T initiative, IHS Nigeria has directly reached over 52,000 students and over 3,000 teachers across all states in Nigeria over the past four years with the digital skills they need to prepare for the future. future of work.
“This impactful initiative also led to the creation of the Mission-T app, one of the first teaching software applications in Nigeria. The Mission-T app provides native STEM and ICT content to high school teachers across the country. With courses covering digital electronics (basic-advanced), web development, web design, Scratch programming, computer science, mobile app development, CS Unplugged, and robotics, the Mission-T app fills relevant digital skills gaps and the country’s academic curriculum in classrooms.
“To further ensure the integration of these digital academic skills, more organizations and government agencies need to leverage partnerships to prepare the next generation for the future of work,” the report says.