NIGERIA - OCENAIC, ACCELON PARTNER ON E-EDUCATION PROJECT

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Driven by a passion to effectively enhance the knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of secondary schools students in Nigeria, Oceanic Bank is partnering with Accelon to introduce an e education project in the nation's secondary schools.

The move was said to be part of the bank's corporate strategy to further expand its services into the education sector by making learning more rewarding and bringing education to the grassroots.

Accelon on its part, initiated the project as a means of promoting excellence. A consulting firm - Interactive Technology Solutions (ITSI), which doubles as the project manager is proposing the education portal as an incentive for prospective schools to join the e-education network.

The portal, being designed as a reference point for on-line educational resource in Nigeria, is meant to deepen market intelligence on the sector, create more market awareness and enable convenient transactions.

The project, which is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year, is one of Oceanic Bank's many areas of partnering with organisations to effectively add value to the lives of Nigerians. Besides working on deploying a payment system for tertiary institutions, staff salaries and contractors' payments, e-education project is meant to deliver an electronic learning system, comprising internet cafes, an on-line registration portal and computer-aided learning infrastructure like e-libraries, and other self development tools. Over 92 schools are on Accelon's e-learning network and the number is rapidly increasing. The bank is to provide counterpart funding for schools to be on Accelon Education portal platform.

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