Mr Shimon Ben-Shoshan, Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, on Monday donated an e-learning centre MALLPAI Foundation in Abuja to boost virtual teaching and learning for children,
Inaugurating the centre, Ben-Shoshan said that the gesture marked 60 years of Israeli-Nigeria diplomatic relations.
The centre was established in collaboration with a private sector-based organisation,
Ben-Shoshan said that Israel is a start-up nation renowned for vibrant ecosystem of innovation and would gladly collaborate with Nigeria in knowledge sharing to assist students to imbibe e-learning.
He said the e-learning centre had been equipped with modern computers to provide functional digital services for individuals and communities without access to technology.
“The project shows the level of cooperation between Israel and Nigeria. Another landmark which proved our cooperation is the inauguration of the I-FAIR 2020/21 programme.
“Out of thousands of people who applied, 75 persons were duly selected and inducted into a five-month intensive programme to help develop their ideas.
“The fields include agriculture, food technology, renewable energy, management and medical devices/simulation; we believe ICT and education are linked and essential to meeting demands of developing economies.
“This is why the centre is not just going to be beneficial to the Foundation, but to Nigerians at large,’’ the ambassador said.
He explained that the centre would not just provide opportunities to individuals through access to a computer laboratory, but would leverage their learning abilities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also speaking at the event Mrs Aisha Bagudu, wife of Kebbi State’s Gov. Atiku Bagudu, expressed appreciation to Israel and to the private sector organisation for their educational support to children.
Bagudu, who is the Chief Executive Officer of MALLPAI Foundation, said that the centre would benefit all children.
“We gave you a building and you filled it with computers, even more than you said you were going to give us,’’ she noted.
On his part, Mr Meir Dagan, the general manager of the private sector organisation said it had has been working closely with the Israeli embassy in Nigeria since five years.
“In the centre, we have 25 computers which are already installed with software and video.
“The potential is on youths and there are lot of things that can be done at the centre when it comes to empowering young people and women,’’ Dagan said.
The Foundation is a non-governmental organisation aimed at eliminating illiteracy and assisting unskilled women.