Governor Aregbesola introduced Opon Imo because he saw the prospect that online and mobile platforms would capture more ad dollars than television and others in the last several years. Governor Aregbesola has reviewed academic curriculum of most courses in Osun State to accommodate Information Communication Technology (ICT) contents and introduced Opon Imo-a tablet of knowledge. This was necessitated by the need to keep in tune with the realities of the digital age as more opportunities are opening up through ICT. Aregbesola has observed that global trends have shown that there are increasing job opportunities in ICT sector, stressing that Osun high schools have to play a vital role in bridging the current digital skill gap facing the country. He blamed the rising unemployment in the country on the inability of our economy to create jobs due to dearth of innovations and canvassed for a paradigm shift to make sure that Nigerian youths seize the future.
Opon Imo has introduced digital consciousness to Osun High School students at early stage in life. It has introduced high school students into the digital age of generating data and selling data online. Aregbesola introduced Opon Imo to Nigeria so that the country does not miss out from the gains of Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Governor Aregbesola introduced opon imo to Integrate Information and Communication Technology or ICT into teaching and learning which has become a great concern for many educators in developing countries like Nigeria. ICT must be used and taught in powerful and meaningful ways. With its rapid development, educators should find ways to integrate technology in the learning process. ICT should not drive education; rather, educational goals and needs must drive its use in schools. Targeting holistic growth for learners is a crucial factor in realizing the need to develop ICT curriculum standards for high schools in Nigeria. Aregbesola believes that developing these standards is a decision making process that will dictate how Osun students will acquire ICT concepts and skills to help them achieve the greater benefits of learning.
Nigeria needs innovation like Opon Imo to tackle the challenge in the academic curriculum of most courses which include Information and Communication ( ICT )contents in tune with the realities of the digital age because global trends point to the increasing job opportunities in the ICT sector, that High Schools have a major role to play in addressing this challenge of the current digital skill gaps confronting the country. We need innovation in the rising tide of unemployment which is occasioned by the inability of the economy to create jobs due to the absence of innovation The citadels of learning, research and innovation must make the shift to enable our youths seize the future.
Governor Aregbesola has realized that Nigeria may miss the gains of the fourth industrial revolution if it fails to develop the requisite skills to exploit the opportunities of the digital age. Osun State is making huge capital investments in ICT infrastructure, telecommunications and IT systems. Commensurate investments are being made to develop the skills of Osun high school students to enable optimal return of the ICT investments. Considering the fact that digital society requires more than low -level skills, most Nigerian graduates can be considered as lacking in digital skills. This situation is potentially disastrous for the current generation of youths who will discover that the vast majority of jobs require e-skills when they arrive at the job market
ICT is catapulting the State of Osun school children into the 21st century and bringing new and previously unimagined opportunities. African schools and universities are now exploring the use of mobile technology to assist teaching.
Whether critics like it or not, Governor Aregbesola has laid the foundation and remains the pioneer of digital education in Nigeria and he represents an agent of change as far as digital education is concerned in Nigeria. The history of Digital Education will remember Governor Aregbesola as the first Nigerian to implement the UNESCO recommendation on digital education. Nigerians need to visit Osun Sukuk Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools. Governor Aregbesola has undertaken to build and equip schools with computer classrooms and training teachers to use digital media in education. In this line, Opon Imo “local content’’ in digital education has allowed teachers to use tablets to teach students. In the history of Nigeria, Governor Aregbesola will be remembered as the first leader to introduce digital education. Like India, the State of Osun is working to improve on Opon Imo. In years to come, Governor Aregbesola will be remembered as a pioneer of digital education in Nigeria.
About 33 states in Nigeria are presently working on how to introduce ICT curriculum and digital education by using Osun model of Opon Imo. Opon-Imo. It is indeed the first digital education revolution in Nigeria. Through Opon-Imo books, libraries, virtual laboratories and study materials of Osun schools are introduced and made available to students. Governor Aregbesola promised that there would be no need of students buying books and other study materials. The tablet of knowledge, indeed, served that purpose. The way secondary school students operate and interact with each other has drastically changed with the advent of OPON IMO, the first digital education revolution in Nigeria. Over the years, the impact of technology has been profound, not just in terms of making our lives easier, but also in terms of our approach to the way we carry out tasks, solve problems and resolve issues.
The State Government of Osun, under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, in its resolve to champion inspiring innovations for Nigeria, has undertaken a ground breaking step to utilise ICTs to concisely tackle the learning problem through the Opón Ìmò Initiative.
The State, through its Opón Ìmò Technology Enhanced Learning System (OTELS), has developed a learning tool that could revolutionize learning in developing states around the world. This tool is called the Opón Ìmò, “Tablet of Knowledge”.
The digital revolution has hit education, with more and more classrooms plugged into the whole wired world. But are schools making the most of new technologies? Are they tapping into the learning potential of today’s Firefox/Facebook/cell phone generation? Have schools fallen through the crack of the digital divide? This groundbreaking tool offers a vision for the future of the State of Osun’s education that goes well beyond the walls of the classroom to include distance learning with “anytime, anywhere” access, digital home schooling models.
Opon-Imo (Tablet of Knowledge), an e-learning device which solved educational needs of Senior Secondary School students of Osun State, introduced by Governor Rauf Aregbesola, have become one of the biggest known digital initiative in Osun’s educational history and Nigeria. Opon Imo has solve the educational needs of the state and cut cost in the sector as promised by Aregbesola upon its inauguration, the project has solved the major educational problems of the state, leaving with it huge progress that the state had battled with for a long time.
Inwalomhe Donald writes from Benin City