EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: THE NEXUS OF THE 21 ST CENTURY EDUCATION AND BEYOND

Professor Gambari, Amosa Isiaka

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

 Mr. Vice-Chancellor Sir, I wish to submit that every century comes with different challenges. Education is a useful tool to overcome these challenges. Our education products will solve no problems if technologies meant to support innovative teaching and learning are not available for the use of teachers and students at all levels of education.
There are many challenges and difficulties in integrating Technology in schools. The needed facilities are not available, political backing, steady electricity, and dependable infrastructure, as well as adequate funding for education to thrive, are all insufficient. Addressing these challenges is necessary if Nigeria is to join the global world in providing skills for our citizens to compete favorably in a global economy. Presently, we are producing unskilled graduates who cannot think outside the box, who cannot create jobs but rely on unavailable white-collar jobs. The present curriculum also does not focus on the 21st-century skills that could lead to a growing youth population out of unemployment. "How then do we deal with these challenges?"
This lecture has taken cognizance of educational technology as a discipline with its potential to revolutionize the country's entire educational system. Technological tools and resources could assist in individualized learning, collaborative learning, and help to ensure effective interactions among education stakeholders.
They could help facilitate unrestricted access to quality education hitherto limited by distance, gender, physical disability, or other family and socio-economic commitments. Also, the multi-modal affordance of ICT would help ensure high speed and quality pedagogical delivery. The ravaging Covid-19 the pandemic that has thrown the entire world into a state of panic has necessitated the need to pay more attention to Educational Technology.
Mr. Vice-Chancellor Sir, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, you have made a tremendous contribution to this lecture by your presence. By this lecture, I believe that we have collectively laid a good foundation on which practical approaches to 21st-century education in Nigeria can be built. You are no longer a spectator, but an active participant, an agent of change, someone who could help advocate for the integration of Technology towards achieving 21stcentury skills.