The Opón Ìmò initiative is one of the key programmes executed by the Ogbeni @raufaregbesola’s administration with the aim of enhancing education through the introduction of technology in high Schools in the State of Osun.
The initiative involves distribution of a computer tablet preloaded with government-approved e-textbooks, practice questions and audio-visual materials to every student in Senior Secondary Schools in Osun at the beginning of every academic session.
Objectives of Opón Ìmò Initiative
The main objectives of the initiative are as follow:
▪ To enhance quality of education by enabling students to learn through graphically rich, animated, interactive and digital device.
▪ To transform the role of the teacher from the knowledge holder to a facilitator who guides pupils to access the vast knowledge on the tablets
▪ To promote digital inclusion among students
▪ To promote self-directed learning
▪ To enable high school students an early access to computers where they can develop computer skills.
Opon-Imo, by idea and implementation, is 100% indigenous.
The project makes use of local resources and technical know-how such that the recommended textbooks on the tablets are by Nigerian authors.
The workers involved in the assembly of the tablet in the State, both skilled and unskilled, are all indigenes of Osun.
In addition, the students, teachers, parents and key stakeholders participated actively during the project design which assisted the implementation and evaluation of the project.
Over 50,000 Opón Ìmò have been distributed to students in 585 High Schools in Osun from 2014/15 academic session till date.
About 2,500 teachers have also received the copies of the tablet to aid their teaching. The annual distribution of Opón Ìmò is presented in the table below:
A sum of two billion and four hundred million (₦2.4 billion) has so far been committed to executing this project from 2013 when Opón Ìmò was launched till date.
The cost covers pre-design expenditure, research and development, components purchase, license fees for the installation of e-books, operational and maintenance, training of teachers for the use among others.
There is an Opón Ìmò Program Implementation Centre in the state capital, Osogbo. The centre oversees distribution, training and retraining of teachers, repairs and replacement services, research and development programs, complaints and information dissemination regarding Opón Ìmò.
The Opon Imo initiative has created jobs for over 5000 locally trained technicians who handles the installation, repairs and maintenance.
United Nations-backed World Summit Award Global Congress on E-Content and creativity in Sri Lanka recognized Opón Ìmò as one of the best four e-learning devices across the world.
Opón Ìmò has been commended by the Harvard University, Allegheny County in Pennsylvania among many others notable organizations and institutions.