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Prof. Potokri urges education leaders to embrace lifelong learning

"I advocate for a rapid digitalisation of education in our educational institutions, for in it lies the key to the attainment of quality education – the passage to poverty alleviation/eradication and other sustainable goals as outlined for accomplishment by the United Nations in 2030."- Prof. Potokri
Prof. Onoriode Potokri delivering his keynote address at the event.

PROF. Onoriode Potokri, a visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and Barry University, Maimi, USA, has called on education leaders and managers to adopt a lifelong learning approach, unlearning, learning, and relearning to effectively lead and manage education digitalisation in the 21st century.

He made this call while delivering his keynote address at the Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP) conference, which was held from Tuesday, June 4 to Friday, June 7, 2024, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prof. Potokri, while delivering the keynote address on " Leading and Managing Education Digitalisation in the 21st Century, " emphasised the importance of digital technologies in providing enhanced learning experiences, personalised instruction, and collaboration. He urged leaders to prioritise teacher development policies, digitalisation, and effective implementation.

The conference, themed "ICT, Educational Management and Planning in the Digital Age in Africa," was held in collaboration with the Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA).


Prof. Potokri advocated for rapid digitalisation in education institutions, highlighting its potential to achieve quality education and poverty alleviation. He emphasised that education leaders and managers must embrace a 21st-century mindset, leveraging technology to achieve quality education and sustainable development goals.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, expressed gratitude to PUEA for hosting the event and emphasised the importance of collaboration in advancing educational frontiers through innovative use of ICT. She noted that effective policies are essential for sustainable digital transformation, ensuring technology catalyses inclusive growth and equitable access to education.

The conference featured contributions from 17 prestigious Universities globally, including Lagos State University, Nigeria; Presbyterian University of East Africa, Kenya; Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya; University of Nairobi, Kenya; Alayande University, Oyo State, Nigeria; University of Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria; University of Free State, South Africa; Lead City University, Nigeria; Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria; University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone, amongst other reputable Universities, promoting a rich exchange of perspectives and expertise.


The event concluded with the presentation of gifts to the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University and other prominent academic scholars, including certificates to participants. 

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