The collaboration took place on Tuesday at the 2nd Interdisciplinary conference held at TASUED’s Ijebu-Ode campus, which was organised by the host university.
TASUED is the first University of Education in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor of TASUED, Prof Oluyemisi Obilade in her welcome address said the collaboration was in tandem with the institution’s mission to make TASUED “a one step shop for all educational matters”
Obilade pointed out that if Africa education must be renowned, then there must be urge and willingness to learn from best practices, explaining that the institution had earlier visited Ghana to finetune the project and make it workable.
“We are people who do what we see and hear,to be proudly Africans,and acknowledge that knowledge is not exclusive,to the North,then there must be collaboration within the South-South. We must let the North know that,innovations can also come from the South”,Obilade said.
In his opening speech, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Govering Council of the host university, Prof Olufemi Bamiro expressed optimism that participants at the conference were expected to contribute to the global discussion on the integration of innovative technology in education for regional and global development.
Bamiro noted that it was pertinent to argue further that there was need to rethink the focus of education with the mind of creating a paradigm shift that will recognise the use of innovative technology tool in the delivery of education as a service to the citizenry
He stressed “Impacting qualitative education can no longer be achieved through the traditional idea of an instructor-led approach to teaching. The focus has to change to education that is hinged on personalised learning”.
The Pro-chancellor pointed out that this was where innovative technology that adapts to the local peculiarities has to be integrated into education to deliver on the paradigm shift,from teaching-focused education to learning-focused education.
His words: “At this time like this when most nation’s of the world are undergoing economic recession,the deployment of smart technology has the potential to cut cost,provide borderless access to education and a platform for sharing knowledge has to be integratedinto the education process to achieve global development”.
He,however,tasked participants at the conference to examine the critical areas of the conference to discuss ways,models and means of integrating innovative technology into the education and training process to produce humman capital with requisite skills to drive our socio-economic develoment.
The Ghana Minister for Education,who was represented by Executive Secretary, National Teachers Council,Dr Augustin Tawiah in his remark said the collaboration was a good work to advance education in Africa,stressing that the exchange was critical.
He also disclosed that,his country was already working with Teachers Council, to pave way for qualities in the teaching profession,stressing that Africa education must be integrated,to avoid being an appendage in the world.
“When we come together as family,it is good for all of us to get together. In coming together,it is a joy that the cooperation has live. We will integrate our thinking,doing that nobody can defeat us. We must be together,so that we don’t become appendage in the world”,he posited.
The Minister who admitted that Nigeria remain leading country in Africa in all ramifications,noting that from investigations,there is no university in the world you won’t find Nigerians,just as he proposed Ghana as country to host next edition of the conference.
The conference included representatives of the University of Cape-Coast,Ghana,as well as Panafrican University,Port-Novo and. University of Abomey,Calavi,Cotonu,Benin Republic. Some local universities were also in attendance.