Nigeria’s leading financial institution, First Bank of Nigeria on Thursday, 11th of June 2020 donated 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State government at the state house in Marina, Lagos.

In response to the gesture, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the State had found a “real development partner” in First Bank, noting that the intervention came at a time the Government was massively deploying technology to transform the conventional mode of teaching and learning in public schools.

The devices are planned for distribution to school children, and is also in partnership with Robert & John (an edu-tech company that owns Roducate), which is part of activities implemented to close the gap caused due to the ongoing lock down on schools following the continuous spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

So far the Bank has activated over 10,000 free sign-ups to the Roducate e-learning platform with the goal to empower one million students.

“When we were developing our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the start that we could not achieve much progress in improving the quality of learning without using technology as a strong enabler. So, it is not out of place that we are witnessing more infusion of technology in learning and this intervention by First Bank could not have come at a better time,” said Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“It feels great when you have people and organizations share in your vision and working with you to realize it. I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in First Bank, which has supported us to actualize the vision we have signed to achieve. Many years back, nobody foresaw Coronavirus (COVID-19) would come and disrupt our ways of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves.”

“First Bank and all technical partners that worked on this project have written their names in the heart of students that will be using the device to learn. They will be forever grateful for passing the future to them.”

The eLearning device has been configured in line with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across various fields of academic endeavors. And it was built to promote cost-effective learning as there is minimal need for internet connectivity while learning is on-going on the devices.

Speaking on the presentation, the Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, said “the e-learning initiative aligns with our Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability initiatives and falls under one of our key strategic pillars, Education.”

“We are excited to promote education and have consistently demonstrated this in our support of 10 universities and 3 secondary schools on infrastructure projects; our support of 10 universities with professorial Chairs and provision of financial literacy, entrepreneurial and career counseling to over 80,000 students in over 80 secondary schools in the country”, he added.

The Bank has also collaborated with tech giant, IBM and Curious Learning to ensure the e-learning initiative swiftly moves across the country to school children and individuals with the need to promote the pursuit of knowledge, irrespective of age.

The partnership with IBM, offers the Digital-Nation Africa program, an online youth-focused learning programme that enables innovation and skills development on emerging technologies through focus areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Cloud, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Data Science and Analytics, and Cybersecurity, while Curious Learning offers academic-based contents for students aged 3-8, using fun, self-guided learning apps to help them with their cognitive skills at a fundamental level.

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