Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer, Terragon Group, Ayodeji Balogun, has urged government to partner with the private sector to develop 21st century curriculum that would prepare Nigerian students to fit into the emerging fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, among others. He stated this at the 2019 Data Science Nigeria (DSN) Summit & Bootcamp last week in Lagos.
According to him, “We think that in terms of curriculum in the educational system in our schools, government can work together with private sector to influence the curriculum and infuse more advanced topics around data science, machine learning so that students could get access and hands-on experience at a very early stage before they get out of school and get trained by their employers.”
He also called on government to provide adequate infrastructure that would enable players in the ecosystem perform their duties optimally.He said, “The biggest problems we have in Nigeria are access to data and infrastructure. In other countries, government provides access to some sample data sets that engineers can work with to train their models; you don’t have to think about looking for data sets. Here in Nigeria, there’s nothing like that. So, we think that government can support a lot in that area. In a continent of about 1.2 billion people, across a landscape that may be larger than many other continents put together, it is often quite difficult to identify and reach people in Africa.”