NITDA DG calls for a revision of the curriculum to meet the needs of the 21st century

Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), on Friday called for a review of curricula at all levels to meet 21st century digital skills.

Mr Inuwa made the call during a meeting in Abuja with the management team of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), led by its Executive Secretary, Ismail Junaidu.

The DG said the review would be in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, which aims to create millions of jobs using digital technologies and achieve 70 percent digital literacy by 2027.

“Digital technology plays an important role in curriculum design, content and processes due to the evolution of technology.

“Disruptive technology has replaced the way things are done globally, and Nigeria as a country cannot be left behind.

“We must take the lead in developing a competency-based, results-oriented curriculum that meets the demands of the 21st century.

“This will enable us to produce a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Nigerian market and attract investments from other countries,” he said.

The NITDA boss said integrating digital skills into the curriculum is crucial for national development and economic growth.

Mr Inuwa further said government policies and objectives, especially those related to sustainable development, 21st century skills, the digital economy, creative arts and digital technology, would create a pathway for nation building.

Earlier, Mr. Junaidu, the Executive Secretary of NERDC, stated that they were entrusted with the primary responsibility of developing curricula for the country at all levels.

However, he said it requires the inclusion of digital literacy as a crucial area for the development of any country.

The ES noted that the visit was aimed at scaling up the existing partnership and exploring potential areas where both organizations could join forces for national development.

Mr Junaidu added that the institution was also responsible for undertaking and promoting book development.

He further said that the institution was also responsible for local authorship for quality assurance, conducting educational research for formulation and implementation of public policies and developing Nigerian languages.