The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary of Education District III, Dr Yinka Ayandele, have underscored the need to leverage technology and innovation as a way of engaging students in teaching and learning in public schools.
Speaking at the second edition of the Lagos Secondary Schools Model United Nations conference on Thursday, Muri-Okunola said the advent of COVID-19 in the state would have made learning impossible but for the investment of the government in innovative teaching and learning through technology.
The Lagos State HoS said the primary goal of any educational system should be to support learning and the quality of learning outcomes, emphasising the need to leverage technology and innovation as an enabler of teaching and learning.
While making reference to how the COVID-19 pandemic made learning easier through technology, Muri-Okunola enjoined participants at the event to take full advantage of the conference for self-development.
He stated that the event, jointly hosted by the state government and the United Nations Information Centre would avail students the opportunity of learning about diplomacy, negotiation, nation-building and international relations among others, while providing innovation based solutions to challenges confronting the education sector.
In her address, Adefisayo noted that technology had made life easier and expressed hope that in no distant future, technology was going to be a major player in addressing myriad challenges confronting the world.
She advised the participants to make good use of the skills gathered at the conference for the future benefits of their immediate environment, schools and personal life.
Ayandele further stated that the present administration had identified the gap between education and technology and was beginning to bridge the gap through massive investment in technology as evident in the EKO EXCEL initiative.