Dr Ahmed Bobboyi, the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) says Nigeria has much to learn from the South Korean education system to improve the country’s smart school project.
Bobboyi who spoke during a recent trip to Korea, noted that such lessons from the Korean education system would add value to the entire education system.
He stressed that the 37 smart schools being built by the Nigerian Government in the different states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are consistent with world standards and global best practices in smart education.
The one-week study tour of Korea by the UBEC Executive Secretary and other top government officials in the education sector was part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UBEC and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The MoU was signed between the two bodies to strengthen the ICT utilization capability of smart school teachers, improve accessibility to high-quality teaching and learning content, and infrastructural assistance to six smart schools in Nigeria.
The study tour took place between September 20 and 26, 2022. During the tour, the Nigerian delegation visited some smart schools in Korea.
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 explaining the rapid educational progress recorded by Korea and the meticulous processes followed to introduce and sustain smart education in the country.
Dr Bobboyi noted that the study trip and the other interventions by KOICA would go a long way in strengthening the mutually beneficial affiliation between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and South Korea.