Bayelsa state Government and Sterling Bank PLC on Thursday pledged to collaborate to deploy a digital platform to drive tertiary education in the state.
The parties sealed the collaboration deal at the ongoing maiden Bayelsa Education Summit which kicked off on Monday.
Dr. Gentle Emelah, Bayelsa Commissioner for Education said that the project would entail the establishment of Information and Communications Technology infrastructure to support automated education system at the tertiary level.
Emelah who received a delegation of the financial institution at the sidelines of the ongoing summit in Yenagoa, explained that the state would deploy the digital education platform developed by Sterling Bank.
He described the collaboration which would upgrade tertiary education in Bayelsa as one of the many benefits reaped as a result of the Bayelsa State Education Summit.
The commissioner applauded Sterling Bank for their support in improving Education in the state as learning today has gone digital.
He noted that the lesson from the COVID-19 experience has made remote learning imperative, adding that it has become expedient for every sector to look to technology to improve processes.
Mrs. Njideka Nwabueze, Group Head, Education sector Sterling Bank said the bank would utilise its digital education application that automates tertiary educational system known as Unify.
Nwabueze said Unify is a patform that replicates the physical organization, infrastructure and business operating model of tertiary institutions in digital format.
She explained that the Unify platform enables tertiary institutions to perform activities digitally, including exams and records, students course selection, payment system and wallet, alumni affairs and extracurricular activities.
“The goal is to make tertiary institutions ready for the future, and this will be achieved through use of digital financial transactions.
“The application will also be used for paying school fees, buying materials, and to engage their colleagues and lecturers in conversation in form of questions or comments in different course designated groups
“It will also be utilised for online classroom and video conferencing as online classes have become a necessity in the present age,” Nwabueze said.