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Microsoft, Sidmach Empower Nigerian Schools

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

On Friday, June 29, 2018, some schools in Nigeria received some forms of empowerment from Microsoft Nigeria and Sidmach Technologies.

On that day, both organisations held an event tagged ‘Digital Transformation in Education’ to teach officials of the selected schools on world-class technological innovations that can aid effective management.

The event, which held at Radisson Blu, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, offered Proprietors, Principals, Head Teachers, IT Directors and other high-level school administrators, first-hand encounter with Microsoft’s Imagine Academy, Sidmach’s Smart School solution and SEAMs.

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Educations Program Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Ms Jordan Belmonte, introduced to participants Microsoft’s ‘Imagine Academy,’ an IT package with over 700 courses including data and computer science, IT infrastructure to enhance productivity in schools.

According to her, the package will aid learning and prepare schools for a digital literacy curriculum.

While explaining how technology can be utilized, Ms Belmonte said, “It is good that we have technology out there, but it is important that we put the individuals through on how to use it.”

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She added that Imagine Academy helps schools compete globally with international standard.

On his part, the Educations Strategic Business Unit Manager of Sidmach, Mr Ohwofasa Imoh, speaking on ‘Smart School,’ an online portal which aids competitive thinking, cloud computing, and organization of information, noted that schools can get free trials of the software based on their interests, while webinars will be available for interested schools to break the barrier of distance.

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Mr Imoh explained that the solution will encourage real-time interaction between and among teachers, parents, students and other stakeholders of the school to monitor the administrative activities.

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Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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