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Okay now this is my first blog going into some detail on the part I played in uniting all the sets for the 40th anniversary and beyond.
In January 2021 as part of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations, I, “Greg Ekhator” was nominated to chair the anniversary committee by the pioneer 86 Alumni Set.
Professor Ileogben Adeoye and I, decided upon consultation to expand the remit to include all sets. Prior to this, all UDOSA Sets and Chapters functioned independently with no coordination between them. However that changed with this 40th anniversary with the opportunity to unite all the sets for a common goal.
The first four months were smooth-sailing after the initial challenge Prof Adeoye and I had, of persuading pioneer set Exco (Greg and Prof are pioneer UDOSAN’s) to make this about all the sets of UDOSA, and not just about pioneer set. Thankfully we all agreed.
From the onset, one of the motivating factors that made me agree to be chairman of the 40th Anniversary Committee was the rude awakening i got the previous year. We were experiencing the onset of a global Covid Pandemic and the UNIVERSITY OF BENIN Demonstration Secondary School, could not demonstrate how to continue studying online until the deadly pestilence passed over. This was very painful because I am supposed to be a leading African expert on E-Learning after producing educational software and curriculum for some of the top 8 universities and corporations in the world.
I recall giving a presentation to Pioneer 86 Set Exco, and it quickly became clear to all of us who met over Zoom that we don’t have the numbers to pull this off successfully ie: to fund an LMS (Learning Management System) that will cost about NGN9 million at the time (as quoted).
At the time, I wished all of UDOSA could come together and we could then do greater things. Little did i know that 2021 heralded our 40th anniversary and I will be graciously nominated unopposed to represent Pioneer set. How could I refuse?
9 months later, with a lot of water under the bridge I am glad to present before you the LMS accessible via www.unibendsslms.org which will be presented to UDSS School Management Board and Principal at the 40th anniversary celebrations on behalf of those UDOSANS who support 21st century blended learning.
This LMS package is sponsored by some benevolent UDOSA members who are committed to doing their best to equip UDSS with the latest 21st century learning tools supported by research data ie: the top ten performing schools in Edo state and Nigeria have an LMS (Learning Management System) as part of their VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
Alongside the LMS is a package to install 50 desktop computers in a transformed Technical Drawing room to become a second state of the art ICT Laboratory. Complete with WIFI and 2 solar panels to guarantee 24/7 power. It will also include CCTV cameras and the services of an onsite ICT engineer, to guarantee security and maintenance of installations. The LMS is fully mobile ready; programmed with mobile first technology. When students browse the LMS with a mobile phone, it appears clearly as with a mobile app and not miniature screen of a computers view. See clear rendering below:
There are other ongoing initiatives by UDOSA including collating all the commendable work done by individual sets so far; for maintenance and coordination of effort for the benefit of UDSS students. There is also the Endowment fund started by the pioneer principal Mrs Mazumdar for best performing students. This initiative has now broadened in scope with members now contributing to various development project endowment funds.
As part of the NEEDS ASSESSMENT research carried out by UDOSA we also found out that UDSS is in danger of losing eligibility to host WAEC/NECO exams for UDSS students due to burgeoning students numbers and not big enough facilities. This led to discussions of funding a purpose built Assembly Hall, as UDSS still does not have one and or refurbishing the Technical Drawing room. Architects drawings and land have been mapped out for this project. After the anniversary there are plans in place to source funding for this as well.
Now what are your thoughts about this?
Don’t forget to ignore any grammatical mistakes, although i don’t expect Mrs Idah to forgive me if she finds any? lol