As part of effort aimed at improving quality teaching and learning in the basic education sector of Lagos State, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has partnered with Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, in the deployment of state of the art equipments, capacity building for teachers, provision of technical expertise and online portal in the UBEC Model School undergoing construction at Iworo-Ajido, Badagry, Lagos State.
The project is a prototype model school, initiated by UBEC under the FGN/UBEC direct intervention.
At the meeting held at LASUBEB Hall, Maryland, Ikeja, LASUBEB Executive Chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, expressed his gratitude to KOICA for its partnership and the willingness to provide state of the art ICT facilities upon project completion.
Explaining that Iworo-Ajido community in Badagry was chosen for the project due to its vast expanse of land, good terrain and serene environment, Alawiye-King noted that Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is massively contributing to the digital transformation of the education sector, in line with the THEMES agenda of his administration, particularly with the EKOEXCEL initiative.
He expressed the readiness of LASUBEB to partner with the agency, for it has considered three factors of relationship, which is commitment of its partner, integrity and capacity to handle the project.
He said, “For us in Lagos, community engagement, partnership, cross sector relationship is very important to us.
“Education for us is an ecosystem, where you need relationship with both local and international organization to thrive.”
Country Director, KOICA Nigeria, Mr. Woochan Chang, said that the agency is committed to satisfy the developmental needs of the Nigerian government.
Explaining that Lagos State was chosen as one of the states in Nigeria to replicate the Nigeria/Korea Model School that was established by UBEC, in Abuja, which he siad was due to its capacity and commitment, Mr Chang added that the agency wants to disseminate digital education in the country.
The honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, later received the UBEC/KOICA delegation on behalf of Governor Sanwo-Olu and pledged the support and readiness of the state to take ownership of the project upon completion.
The Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, Permanent Secretary, expressed the appreciation of the state to KOICA Group for the huge collaboration and support for education.