The Lagos State Government is set to inaugurate its digital library. Briefing journalists,the Director of the State Library Board, Mr. Tajudeen Lawal, said the project would provide unlimited access to knowledge for all, through the collection and collation of digital content.
He also added that the project will be accessible via internet connection on a range of devices which will comprise e-books on different topics; 1,600 videos covering English Language, Mathematics, sciences for all classes; 2,000 study aids in key subject areas from secondary school subject; vocational learning videos; creatively presented history lessons; 1,000 research papers from the state tertiary institutions covering a wide range of topics.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said the first phase of the initiative tagged, ‘Educate Lagos’, will kick in January 2017. He said:
“The digital library will be by Lagosians for Lagosians, with support from technical experts around the world to ensure the highest standards are achieved. Local content will be given priority as we seek to preserve and share knowledge.”
Olemoh said the government also intend to create jobs through the initiative by employing local programmers, developers and content providers. The project will also provide an avenue for tech start-ups, writers, and content producers to reach a wider audience.
Commending the Ambode-led administration for the initiative, the Director of the state Quality Assurance Office, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, said there was nothing as good as ensuring that the children have access to a library even while at home, adding that with the initiative, Lagos state would be able to compete with international standard.
“We will be looking at children between the ages of zero to six and see how we can use animation to create more fun and add value to their lives, as well as support the teachers to improve on their teaching outcomes,” she said.