The Federal Ministry of Education has said it will work on the inclusion of coding, robotics and artificial intelligence in the country’s school curricula so as to take pupils to the 21st Century technology and educational standards.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated this in Abuja at the 2019/2020 Nigeria Championship in Robotics.
He noted that the country’s 104 Federal Unity Colleges had been given a directive and would be the first to adopt the coding and robotics programme.
The robotics championship was organised by the Coderina Education and Technology Foundation in collaboration with the ministry.
Qualifying pupils will represent Nigeria at the global robotics stages in the United States, Greece and Australia respectively.
The minister said, “Our efforts are in line with Ministerial Strategic Plan on the Sustainable Development Goal, which is the provision of quality education for all. This, we are working to achieve in line with SDG 17, by forging partnerships and collaboration with organisations within the public, private and non-profit sector.
“The world of today and that of the foreseeable future is one where individuals move between digital domains and offline reality with the use of technology to enable and manage life.
“This will enable the country to empower and fully equipped the youths to be players at the emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution skills to get them ready for the future.”