The Second Edition of the Social Media Week Lagos which hosted Africa’s largest Social Media gathering that lasted a total of 5days i.e. from the 17th to the 21st of February 2014, was filled with lots of exciting events ranging from Social Media marketing to entertainment and technology and lots more.
The Passnownow.com event will surely be remembered as one of the high points of activities that happened at the Media Week.
Passnownow event which was organized to exhibit the importance of Technology and how it’s being used to empower and educate Nigerian Secondary School Students was attended by Students, Teachers, Stake Holders and important Dignitaries in the Social Media Business, Education and Technology sector.
The high point of the event was the official launching of the Passnownow App by Mrs. Roseline Ilori – Country Manager of MTECH Communications. She did a demo to show participants how the Education Mobile App works. The Passnownow App was designed by the MTECH Team and it is available for Android users at the moment. Other platforms such as the Blackberry App store, Java, Microsoft etc. will be able to download the App to their Mobile Phones in few weeks time. The App which is modeled after the Passnownow website includes features such as Classwork Notes, Exam Questions and Answers, School Forum, Social News… and lots more. Visit the passnownow.com website to download the Mobile app on your Android Smartphones.
Some of the dignitaries that attended the event were:
Mr. Obi Asika – CEO, Storm Records and Chairman of Social Media Week Lagos.
Mrs. Yemi Keri – MD, Edo State Information Communications and Technology Agency.
Ms. Ajibade Oluwatosin – Blogger (Olorisupergal)
Ms. Nnodim Blossom – Curator, Blcompere.
Mr. Bolade Oyekanmi – Digital Marketing and Mobile Content Manager, Samsung West Africa
In her welcome address, the event moderator – Ms. Modupe Olateju (Founder/CEO The Education Partnership Centre), talked about education in Nigeria and the need to adopt technology to foster learning.
In relaying how Nigerian Secondary School Students are moving to Digital, Mr. Stanley Muoneke – Business Development Director, Intel West Africa, spoke on the need to integrate Technology and Education to foster Learning in our Secondary schools. He went further by stating some of the Technology driven initiatives his organization has carried out in the past and other ongoing initiatives they’ve embarked upon to assist Nigerian Secondary School Students.
Mrs. Roseline Ilori – Country Manager, MTECH Communications took time to drive home the need for Private sector support for E-Learning Initiatives and how its sustainability goes a long way in affecting the overall outcome of such initiatives. She stressed the need for private sectors especially in the Technology field to inculcate the habit of supporting Education as the Integration of these two sectors is the future of Nigeria’s Education.
She also prominently stated the need for parents to improve their knowledge of the usage of technology as it concerns learning, in order to curtail their wards from turning their learning devices into negative influence.
In addition to what Mrs. Roseline Ilori said, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo – Director, Corona Schools. Who is an Educationist, spoke on the need for Teachers in Secondary Schools to familiarize themselves with new Technology hardware and software to aid them in effectively teaching their Students.
She also posited that education should not be taught in schools as a subject or discipline, but should be wielded as a tool to develop both the environment and the human mind.
Finally, Mr. Bambo Bashorun – Director of I.C.T, Osun State Government represented by Mr. Sam Omoruyi,pointed out the success the Osun State Government has recorded with the Opon Imo initiative. He went further to explain how the tablet was specified to suite the primary and only purpose for which it was initiated.
He also added that they have practically trained over 600 teachers in using Technology to teach in and out of the classroom.
Miss Toyosi Akerele, CEO Rise Networks, expressed her profound gratitude to the participants, MTECH Communications for their contributions and immense support, HP, Promasidor, Intel, Osun State Government, the Media, and the panelists for gracing the occasion.