HP Inc. in collaboration with Intel, a leading producer of semiconductors and Mirai Partners, an education innovation consultancy has launched the HP Innovation and Digital Education Academy (IDEA) to offer teachers and educators in Nigeria the opportunity to create digital capabilities based on educational frameworks from leading international universities.
HP IDEA is a part of HP’s commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025. Other educational programs introduced by the HP includes; the recently announced Classroom of the Future, HP Learning Studios, Campus of the Future, and HP LIFE that accelerate blended learning.
The program which was launched on Monday aims to keep students focused on achieving their various career development especially as the country struggles against the aftermath of the lockdown brought about by Covid ’19. Availability of technology enables teachers to explore new territory as they balance in-person, online, and hybrid learning.
Senior Education Business Lead for the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe at HP Inc., Mayank Dhingra established the significance of technology in learning in the twenty-first century. He asserted that there is a need to grow education with the pace of technology – an essence which the program looks into.
“Education is among the worst-hit sectors from the pandemic. At the same time, it is one of the most promising sectors that – if we get it right – can reap the benefits of this new way of learning. In fact, we can now reach even more people than we ever did before. While the technology is advancing fast, there is a constant need to innovate to remain resilient. Hence, we need to make sure that teaching staff are able to acquire the right skills to take advantage of blended and digital learning solutions, which is why we have partnered with Mirai and Intel to launch HP IDEA.”
“This program is exciting as it is focused on pedagogy rather than based on a specific product. This way we can equip educators with the latest tools and best practices in teaching and learning, which in turn will enable better learning outcomes,” he noted.
In the view of Christine Nasserghodsi, Co-founder of Mirai, he stressed the value of HP IDEA as a tool to help teachers and learners achieve effective learning away from the classroom.
“We have been supporting schools in their response to COVID-19 since February. What began as a crisis response has evolved into a long-term approach to teaching, learning, leadership, and the use of digital tools and resources. Effective distance and hybrid learning require innovation and a deep understanding of learning design, one aspect of which is the use of technology. No one is better equipped to shape the future of education than teachers and school leaders. That is the core value of the HP IDEA program which we have translated into a year-long program for select schools.”
Incorporating the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s), the CESA objectives (Continental Education Strategy for Africa), the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Ministry of Education goals for UAE, as well as world-class research and frameworks from Harvard Graduate School of Education and University of Michigan, the program has drawn the attention of Ministries of Education across the region, Nigeria, private schools, UAE and some more have shown great interest and are indulging teachers and school leaders to benefit the new HP IDEA
Participating schools are expected to adopt HP IDEA Fellow; A one-year teacher development program designed to enable teachers, leaders, and students to develop and access new learning modalities, and HP IDEA Associate; focused coursework which allows all staff members at participating schools to have the opportunity to become HP IDEA Associates by engaging in turn around training developed and delivered by HP IDEA Fellows.