The Federal Government has distributed 330 laptops to some selected Federal Unity colleges in the country.
Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, made the distribution at the launch of the ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ICT programme for girl-child’ in Abuja on Monday.
It was reported that six schools from each geopolitical zones of the country were presented with 55 laptops each.
They are Federal Government Colleges (FGC) in Minna, Niger state; Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom and Kano.
Others are FGC in Ikole Ekiti, Ekiti state; Azare, Bauchi and Ohafia in Abia.
The minister, who was represented by the Director, ICT, Ike Orji, said the provision of laptops was to be carried out through the SDGs fund.
He noted that a total of 44 principals and 44 ICT teachers would also be trained on classroom management using ICT. He said this was to ensure effective use of the laptops for learning.
“Our goal is to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning and gender equality, by attracting more girls toward the attainment of the National Vision and MDGs.
“Our goal is to see the entire education sector embrace the use of new technologies to meet the human resource requirement of the nation, for attaining sustainable socioeconomic development and global competitiveness.
“The task ahead of us is enormous. The attainment of this goal must be the responsibility of all,” he said.
Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Adefulire said the distribution of the laptops was in line with the present administration’s goal to enhance the education of girl child in the country.
Adefulire, who was represented by Lamimu Waziri, a director, advised students to take advantage of the laptops, as it would facilitate classroom learning and encourage active participation of the learners.
Adefulire listed some of the interventions to include the provision of laptops to girl’s unity colleges in 2010, political and empowerment of women 2011-2016, girl-child education programme 2006-2007 and capacity building of teachers among others.
She, therefore, charged stakeholders to contribute to the development of the girl-child education, as one of the major tools to ensure the attainment of SDGs in Nigeria.