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NERDC Is Directed by FG to Include Robotics and AI in School Curriculum

The Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) has been given a directive by the federal government to start the procedure that will ensure that robotics and artificial intelligence are incorporated into the country’s basic education curriculum.

Robotics, AI by Techrectory
Robotics, AI by Techrectory

Tuesday 8th of August 2023, at the Federal Ministry of Education’s Abuja headquarters, the Federal Government Girls College Sagamu, Ogun State (FGGC Sagamu) presented its robotics project to Mr. Andrew David Adejo, permanent secretary of the ministry.

Dr. Muyibat Adenike Olodo, the Director and Principal of the FGGC, Sagamu, led the robotics team of the College, which consists of a few students and staff members who serve as coaches, to present Okikiola Sagamu, an invention of the College, to the Permanent Secretary.

The students’ artificial intelligence (AI) was able to walk around the room, recognize faces, shake hands, and engage in friendly conversations, among other things.

The students’ creativity impressed the Permanent Secretary Andrew Adejo, who added that he was not surprised since the Federal Government Colleges (Unity Schools) continues to be the best in Nigeria.

However, he also pointed out that as part of the “catch them young” phrase, NERDC should work to adding coding, robotics, and AI into the core school curriculum.

Assuring them that the government would be prepared to support such innovation, Adejo also urged the students and unity schools to be advanced by creating AI that could place orders and serve food in restaurants.

Prior to this, Dr. Muyibat Adenike Olodo, the Director and Principal of FGGC, Sagamu, claimed that efforts to introduce students and their instructors to the most recent technological trends— namely, coding, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning engineering, and robotics—were planting good seeds in Federal Unity Colleges (FUCs).

She expressed her gratitude to Mr. Olajide Ademola Ajayi, the organization’s founder, for providing the team with technical support and mentoring that was needed to complete the project.

Esther Ogunnaike, one of the students who took part in the robotic project, said they were motivated by the college’s principal, Dr. Olodo, who also saw to it that a robotics center was established in the institution the year before the project began.

“Our Principal actually had the idea. She started a robotics center specifically for this project. She asked us to create a robot that can recognize faces, move its neck and eyes, pick up items for the classroom, and perform other tasks. We are content because we ought to be able to change with the times. Nigeria cannot be left behind as the rest of the world develops technologically, she said.

She urged the federal government to support their educational innovation, arguing that the team could produce an advanced and superior product to that which Okikiola Sagamu presented to the ministry if given more funding for the project.

In order to guarantee that the students are exposed to fundamentals of robotics and other AI-related engineering subjects, the foundation named Coderina has adopted FGGC Sagamu as one of its partner schools to help the students achieve their goals.

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Written by Grace Ene

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