Korea’s N4.7bn school to close ICT gap

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The 39-class­room Model School, worth N4.7bn ($15m), be­ing con­structed in Abuja by South Korea is billed to be com­pleted next month.

It com­prises of 24 class­rooms for pri­mary and 15 class­rooms for ju­nior se­condary schools.

Nigeria and South Korea signed an agree­ment for the es­tab­lish­ment of the School in Abuja in 2013.

The new school, ac­cord­ing to Coun­try Direc­tor of Korea In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (KOICA), Mrs. Sook Hyun Park, would have ITSMART rooms where teach­ers and stu­dents can in­ter­act with even other states in real time by us­ing vis­ual ef­fects.

“Broad­cast­ing rooms ex­ist also so that classes can be recorded and dis­trib­uted to re­mote states where both teach­ers and stu­dents have lim­ited ac­cess,” she added.

Mrs. Park said at the open­ing of a 21-day work­shop on ICT-based skills for teach­ers in Abuja that since the in­cep­tion of the project in 2013, it had trained 136 teach­ers in Abuja, 58 teach­ers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and ad­min­is­tra­tors in Korea.

FCT Min­is­ter, Mal­lam Musa Bello, thanked South Korea for sup­port­ing ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, say­ing,”ed­u­ca­tion was the key that trans­lated the Korean econ­omy from the ashes of civil war to an eco­nomic gi­ant.”

Am­bas­sador of South Korea to Nigeria, Noh Kyuduk, said fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance from the Korean gov­ern­ment to im­prove teach­ing qual­ity was a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to en­sure that a sus­tained eco­nomic growth was wit­nessed in part­ner coun­tries.

He said, “The $15m grant pro­vided by the Repub­lic of Korea through KOICA for the de­vel­op­ment of the Model School for Pri­mary and Ju­nior Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion in Abuja, Nigeria, is a step taken to achieve that goal.”

The Model School

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