First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) has donated 20, 000 digital devices to the Lagos State Government to boost e-learning in public schools across the State.
The KaiOS enabled digital learning devices with restrictive apps to prevent usage apart from study were delivered by the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan to Governor Sanwo-Olu at a ceremony held in Lagos on Thursday.
Speaking on the donation, Adeduntan said it is intended to support public schools following the disruption to education and other sectors of the economy factored by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the 20,000 devices donated was part of the one million tools promised by the bank as part of the bank’s commitment to supporting the Lagos State Government’s education vision.
While promising to add-up to the number of the devices in the coming month, he said, “As the oldest bank in Nigeria, First Bank is woven into the fabric of the society. We carefully selected this CSR and extended our resources to this project, which we believe will directly benefit the people and the vulnerable.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State had found a “real development partner” in First Bank PLC.
According to the governor, the intervention by the bank came at a time the Government was massively deploying technology to transform the conventional mode of teaching and learning.
He said: “When we were developing our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the outset that we could not achieve much progress in improving the quality of learning without using technology as a strong enabler. So, it is not out of place that we are witnessing more infusion of technology in learning and this intervention by First Bank could not have come at a better time.
“It feels great when you have people and organisations share in your vision and working with you to realise it. I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in First Bank, which has supported us to actualise the vision we have signed to achieve. Many years back, nobody foresaw Coronavirus (COVID-19) would come and disrupt our ways of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves.
“First Bank and all technical partners that worked on this project have written their names in the heart of students that will be using the device to learn. They will be forever grateful for passing the future to them.”
Representing beneficiaries at the event, Miss Sherifat Umar, a Senior Secondary School (SSS) 2 pupil of Elegbata Senior High School in Apogbon said the devices would aid pupils to advance their academics while at home.
She however expressed appreciation to First Bank for encouraging learning and not allowing academic disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.