Kashifu Inuwa, Chief Executive Officer of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), reiterated the agency’s commitment to explore more opportunities in developing Nigerians’ digital literacy and skills to to boost the country’s economy and ultimately achieve a digital Nigeria.
The DG said so in his office during a courtesy visit by the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Carl Michael Gräns.
He noted that one of the agency’s plans is to strengthen the ecosystem of the Federal Capital Territory and the nation as a whole.
Kashifu appreciated the existing partnership the agency has had over the years with the Swedish Embassy, in particular with the SchoolTry platform, a Sweden-based EdTech company that provides innovative solutions for the digital transformation of the education sector. Nigerian education.
He expressed the fact that “the realization of the digital economy is something that no one can achieve in isolation; especially as the world is becoming more and more global, which has necessitated more collaborations, so that whatever you do, you think global and act local.
According to the DG, working to build the country’s GDP in a global economy would attract foreign markets and investment to the country.
He encouraged the Swedish team to go beyond the SchoolTry project and run more IT-focused initiatives, assuring the team of a mutually beneficial partnership.
The Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, while emphasizing the commitment of SchoolTry with its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, to lead the digitalization of education in Nigeria, expressed his gratitude to the boss of NITDA for the collaborative efforts whose he has enjoyed so far; adding that he is looking forward to securing more investment from Nigeria to develop and expand the business.
He added, “As Sweden’s Ambassador to Nigeria, we are working on many different projects on digitization because it is a huge problem for many countries, including Sweden, and also for Nigeria with its huge population. When I heard about this company (SchoolTry) founded by a Nigerian in Sweden and working with education and e-learning, I know it will be very interesting for Nigeria to engage because education is a social responsibility for Nigeria and also for Sweden.
He appealed that the company is also looking to leverage some software in some of the schools that have NITDA’s IT infrastructure.
Founded in 2018, the SchoolTry, which falls under the literacy and digital skills of the seven pillars of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP-2021-2024), and also in line with policy and National Digital Economy Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria, is an integrated mobile and web solution for schools to connect in real time with teachers, parents and students.
The features and functionality of the SchoolTry app are meant to reduce costs, improve data management and increase overall efficiency.
The meeting ended with unanimous agreement for deep collaboration in critical areas of the digital economy that should benefit both countries.