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FirstBank donates 20,000 e-learning devices to Lagos State



First Bank, e-learning, Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 First Bank of Nigeria Limited has presented 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State Government at the State House in Marina, Lagos.

The devices, donated on Thursday are planned for distribution to school children in the state.

With the gesture, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor, said the state had found a “real development partner” in FirstBank, noting that the intervention came at a time the government was massively deploying technology to transform the conventional mode of teaching and learning.

The presentation of these devices which is also in partnership with Robert & John, an edu-tech company that owns Roducate, is part of activities implemented to close the gap caused by the disruption in children education’s due to schools’ closure, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“When we were developing our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the outset 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 FirstBank could not have come at a better time,” said Governor Sanwo-Olu.

It feels great when you have people and organisations share in your vision and working with you to realise it.

I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in FirstBank, which has supported us to actualise 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.”

“FirstBank 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,” he further said.

The e-learning device is configured in line with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary schools across various fields of academic endeavours, such as science, commercial and arts, according to Firstbank.

“It is built to promote cost-effective learning as there is minimal need for internet connectivity, whilst learning on the device is on-going,” it added in a statement.

Speaking on the presentation, Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said “the e-learning initiative aligns with our Corporate 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 counselling to over 80,000 students in over 80 secondary schools in the country”, he added.

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