In its bid to use mobile technology to substantially reduce the cost of delivery of education to all levels across the country, Bilyak Consulting Limited, today in Abuja, launched a new app into the digital education sector called mAcademy.
mAcademy is a custom made application for accessing learning courses and training materials on the go, and it is available on any web based device: laptop, tablet or smartphone.
During the launching of the app, Oladayo Akinpelumi, Head of Products and New innovations of Bilyak Consulting Limited, said that mAcademy is a platform that caters for the entire educational ecosystem in Nigeria, and that the app has already been endorsed by Universal Basic Education (UBE), Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and Open University UK.
Hadiza Mohammed the co-founder of Bilyak Consulting explained that mAcademy helps to bridge the gap in the educational system by making learning affordable and accessible at the fingertips of every Nigerian.
The app helps teachers and lecturers to conduct tests and give classroom assignments which can be accessible by users located in even the most remote villages across the country with a mobile phone and other web enabled devices. As a result, the cost of training can be minimized, and the productivity of individuals and organizations improved.
The Federal Ministry of Education (FME), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, TEP Centre, British Council, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force and other partners whose representatives attended the launching commended the introduction of mAcademy into the Nigerian market, taking a special note of how the app can help to drastically reduce the huge number of out-of-school children in the country.
According to current data from UNICEF, Nigeria has about 10.5 million kids who are out of school, making the country the worst performer in the world in this respect. Akinpelumi concluded in his presentation that, with over 18 million smart phones in Nigeria, and the number growing steadily every year, mAcademy is a vital tool to help the country to bring most of its out-of-school children into the formal educational system.