Peter Bamkole, renowned educationist and Director, EDC, Pan African University, has advocated the ‘gamifying’ of curriculum in our schools, to encourage our children to learn faster and better, as well as make learning more interesting to them, in this era of technology, that has taken over and continues to take over our daily lives in the world today.
Bamkole disclosed this, at the 3rd edition of the Business Education Summit, which was held on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
The business Education Summit is an annual event, organised by Edusko, Africa’s largest online platform, where parents find suitable private schools for their children in Nigeria, Ghana and beyond.
This year’s summit is, the 3rd in the series, with the theme; ‘Building a Sustainable Education Business – Opportunities & Key Drivers’.
In his welcome address, delivered by Jide Aiyegbusi, Founder Edusko and Convener of the annual Business Education Summit, welcomed the delegates, speakers and discussants to the summit and stated that he hoped that everyone present will contribute meaningfully, to find solutions to the problems confronting the educational sector in Nigeria.
Making his Keynote presentation, Bankole, started up, with a few quotes on education, all pointing to the importance of having a sound education, as follows: “Education is the passport the future, for tomorrow belongs to those, who prepare for it today” – Malcom X, “Education is, the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela and “Education is the key to success in life and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students” – Solomon Oritz and “If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is, actually, important to get him/her assigned to a great teacher, then, to a great school”- Bill Gates.
Bamkole noted that education can be profitable and sustainable, if run as a business, listing the growth drivers of education as, population requiring the educational services accessibility through technology, quality vs affordability through a business model and relevance of knowledge to the society.
He noted that, in rethinking the school business model, we must resort to customized learning through SMART Education.
The summit then went into its first plenary, where the discussants talked on the ’Role of the organized private sector in building a sustainable education industry’, where we had Kyari Abba Bukar, Managing Partner, Trans-Sahara Investment Corporation, Tope Toogun, CEO, Cognify Advisory, Thad I Enyinna, Program Director, Institute for Work & Family Integration, who represented Gloria Osezuwa, Executive Director, Institute for Work & Family Integration, who was unavoidably absent and Peter Bankole, Executive Director, EDC, Pan African University.
The panel session was moderated by Olamidun Majekodunmi, Country Director, Nexford. The panel agreed on certain points, one of which is the need to encourage students, to go for vocational education, as the employment in the white-collar job is daily shrinking.
The panel is, also, of the opinion that, students should be encouraged to intern during their holidays, or, while waiting for admission into tertiary institutions.
Other program features of the 3rd edition of the Business of Education Summit include a second and third Keynotes on, ‘Importance of Inclusion in building a sustainable school business’ and ‘Sustainable Education – Investment opportunities and access to finance’, respectively.
Two other plenary sessions were, also, held on, ‘How to build a sustainable school business’ and ‘Education Investment and Finance’.
The summit was attended by various stakeholders in the education industry.
Featured Image (L-R): Thad I Enyinna, Program Director, Institute for Work & Family Integration, who represented Gloria Osezuwa, Executive Director, Institute for Work & Family Integration, Tope Toogun, CEO, Cognify Advisory, Kyari Abba Bukar, Managing Partner, Trans-Sahara Investment Corporation and Peter Bamkole, Executive Director, EDC, Pan African University, during the panel discussion on the ’Role of the organized private sector in building a sustainable education industry’ at the 3rd edition of the Business Education Summit