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Microsoft awarded innovative teachers in Nigeria

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For their outstanding contributions to education in Nigeria, 12 teachers who have found innovative ways to introduce information and communication technology (ICT) into the classroom as a learning aid, have been honoured at the second Nigerian Microsoft Innovative Teachers' Forum Awards, held in Abuja. Olalekan Adeeko of Remo Secondary School, Sagamu, Lagos, won the first prize for his project on eradicating Malaria. The project, which culminated in the students using technology to educate their peers on the causes, prevention and treatment of malaria; met the three major selection criteria of, community, collaboration and use of ICT.

During his presentation, Adeeko told the audience that the students who participated in the campaign were divided into groups with each assigned a particular area of data gathering. The students then created a PowerPoint as class work, which they took to their peers and other members of the community. Second prize went to Oboh Wellington of Government Secondary School, Gwarinpa, FCT, who presented a project on statistics, while Ms. Elizabeth Oyelola of Federal Government College, Ijanikin, Lagos, whose project centred on solar electricity supply as an alternative source of power, came third. They will represent Nigeria at the pan-African Innovative Education Forum taking place in Mauritius in September, where Africa's representatives at the worldwide Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum would emerge.

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