Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye has disclosed that the state government is building an ultra modern e-based learning outfit that will incorporate e-instructional television, e-classroom and e-drama among others.
Oladunjoye spoke in Lagos today at the close of the year 2014 Festival of Instructional Materials organized by her Ministry to showcase creativity and promote the use of e-based instructional materials for the educational development of children with the theme “E-based Instructional materials: Helping the curious mind to Achieve Greater Things.”
According to her, the e-based learning outfit upon completion will be a platform that would be accessible to all learners and teachers in the state in particular and the wider world in general.
“Let me stress that this platform will be accessible to all learners and teachers in the state and elsewhere in the world,” she noted.
The Commissioner asserted that e-learning is the trend in education all over as it offers flexibility and convenience to the learners as well as facilitates communication between teachers and learners as well as expose learners to varieties in learning experience with the use of multimedia and non-verbal presentation of teaching materials among other benefits.
“In today’s technology driven world, our children should not lag behind in embracing new sources of increasing their knowledge so as to be at par with their counterparts in the civilized world,” she averred.
She pointed out that the realization of the importance of instructional materials informed the State Government’s decision to invest heavily in the provision of relevant instructional materials in order to empower teachers, make their lessons more interesting, clearer, lively and very enjoyable to their students.
She explained that no fewer than 600 secondary school teachers have been trained on Special Audio Visual Media Workshop and Mobile capacity building programmes for teachers in rural and riverine areas of the state in order to improve their capacities.
The Commissioner therefore charged the teachers to redouble their efforts and show more commitment to their jobs.
The event also witnessed the exhibition of instructional materials by schools and individual teachers with Mrs. Grace Okwudiri Njoku of Isolo Senior High School, Isolo emerged winner in the teacher’s category while Lagos Progressive Senior Secondary School, Surulere won in the school category.