The Lagos State Government in partnership with Chronicles Software Development Company, Tuesday, launched EkoDigitalSchool.com, said to be the largest digital classroom in Africa.
Built on Cloud architecture, the borderless school can accommodate 2 to 10 million students concurrently and would be data-free to create equal access for all students so that no one is left out.
Koyejo Oluwatosin, Co-founder of Chronicles Software Development, said the platform is incorporated with all subjects which are aligned based on the curriculum, (week by week) while it also has various important features like assignments, tests, examinations and reports to ensure continuous uninterrupted learning, particularly at this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oluwatosin further explained that the Eko Digital School takes a sequential approach to learning where students are expected to complete specific requirements before accessing the next level of content.
He disclosed that as the use of the platform continues, there are plans to make digital report cards available as well as a universal examination engine for the conduct of SS2 mock exams, SS 3 qualifying exams and teacher promotion examinations among others.
Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, who commended Chronicles Software Development Company, said the digital school, which is open to all students and teachers in Lagos, will help them become tech-savvy, learn skills, as well as help, build 21st-century skills that should be integrated into teaching and learning.
She disclosed that to ensure access, the State Government is investing heavily in devices in addition to devices donated by the private sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This pilot scheme is aimed at using digital technology to push education to a world-class quality,” she said.
Lagos State government has unveiled the EkoDigitalSchool.com website, an online learning platform designed to engage students in classroom activities.
In her address at the official launch and unveiling of the initiative, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, said the platform is in line with the education cum technology agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, adding that the ‘EkoDigitalSchool’ is an online platform established to ensure continuous learning for all children in Lagos State.
Explaining that the platform would enable students, either in or out of school, to have uninterrupted learning arrangement, she said the initiative is in fulfilment of Four Education Transformation focus areas, namely: Invest in Technology as a Learning Aid; Improve Overall Student Welfare and Capacity Development; Improve the Capacity and Welfare of School Personnel, and Establish and Leverage Impactful Public-Private Partnerships.
She reiterated plans by the government to provide devices for all teachers in secondary schools, just like the administration provided over 15,000 devices for primary school teachers through the Eko-Excel programme.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, said in meeting the 21st Century requirements, Mr. Governor had approved various programmes and initiatives in the education sector towards the academic success of students in public schools.
The Co-Founder/CEO of Chronicles Software Development, Mr. Oluwakoyejo Oluwatosin, explained that the digital school is built on a cloud architecture that can accommodate over 10 million students concurrently.