Stakeholders Decry Lack Of Access To Digital Education In Rural Areas

I08 July 2021 by FEANYI OSITA

The Federal Government’ has been urged to ensure access to digital education in rural areas.

Stakeholders at a National Digital Focus Group dialogue on Education Equity Initiative gave the advice in Abuja.

The Head United Kingdom’s Digital Access Programme and Country Adviser, Mr Idongesit Udoh who explained that the project was executed in five countries of Nigeria, Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and Indonesia expressed the willingness of the UK to collaborate with stakeholders to address the challenges militating against access to digital education.

He also emphasized the need to expand internet access in the country.

One of the Stakeholders and Director Aid for Rural Access Initiative, Mr Gideon Olarenwaju stated that the need to bridge the gap in digital access especially for rural dwellers neccesitated the dialogue.

Mr Olarenwaju noted that over 90% of Nigerians do not have access to computers and about 3.6 billion of the world’s population do not have access to the internet.

While stressing the need for equal access to technology, Mr Olarenwaju called for collaborative efforts to bridge the gap in digital education at the grassroots.

In a remark, the Director Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, Mr Bako Wakil explained that the federal government had mapped out plans for digital transformation in the country.

Mr Wakil urged stakeholders to support government in its quest to ensure that the underserved, get access to digital education.

The programme is funded by the United Kingdom foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office under the prosperity programme as well as Aid for Rural Access Initiative.

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