To mark the 2018 United Nations International Literacy Day, a non-governmental organisation, Youth Orientation for Development (YOD), affiliated to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in conjunction with Microsoft Nigeria and Access Bank Plc., has flagged off a programme designed to boost digital literacy in the country and fast track transition to digital classrooms.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Digital literacy in the 21st century.”

The President, Emmanuel Ejiogu who spoke during the programme in Lagos said the country is lagging behind in literacy, thus the need to approach education from a new direction so that Nigeria would not be left behind.

He said the new project will help schools and pupils catch up with their counterparts in developed climes in the area of educational best practices.

Ejiogu lamented that despite the progress recorded in the sector so far, literacy challenges persist.

Noting that the reality of the 21st century has made this form of literacy a necessity, he stressed that students across the world need advanced skills to succeed in the globalised, knowledge-based world.

Ejiogu further stated that the partnership would train students in 50 secondary schools in Lagos on digital literacy. According to him, the training would be held every Friday and Saturday of the week. “We intend having digital classrooms and experience centres in schools so that we can achieve the SDGs goal four of quality education and achieve this with our partners,” he added.

Microsoft Innovative Educator expert, Abdulazeez Hammed, said the country’s 59.6 per cent literacy is low when compared to South Africa’s 94 per cent, and assured that the company would provide technical experts to train and certify participants.

Segment Manager, Educational Institution, Access Bank, Busola Ogundipe said through its early savers’ club, the bank would drive financial literacy among students and provide materials to educate them.

She added that the bank would also provide loan facilities for schools that lack hardware to acquire it and ensure that digital literacy runs seamlessly.

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