By Chinelo Obogo
GetBundi, an education technology platform, has received approval from the Imo State Department of Education to establish and operate its online digital and STEM skills center GetBundi.
The endorsement came through a letter dated October 31, 2022 signed by LIC Okereke, Deputy Headmaster (STTE), for the Honorable Commissioner, Department of Education, Imo State.
The letter titled “Approval to operate a private digital skills acquisition center” read in part: “I am invited to refer to your application dated August 22, 2022 on the above subject and convey the approval granted by the Honorable Commissioner of the Ministry of Education, Owerri, Imo State for your center details of which are set out below, to operate as a skills acquisition center leading to examinations conducted by government recognized bodies from December 1, 2022.
GetBundi STEM and Digital Skills Center is the brainchild of GetBundi, an edtech platform designed to deliver high-quality, engaging, and accessible science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses focused on six years of post-secondary education. -primary as well as Science, technology and innovation (STI).
Osita Oparaugo, Founder of GetBundi, while commenting on the endorsement, reaffirmed GetBundi’s commitment to its vision of upskilling, through STEM and the digital skills hub, 10 million Africans by 2032 and beyond to create inclusive technology-driven sustainable development.
“We have a vision to upskill 10 million Africans in 10 years, 2023-2032. We have labeled this plan as ‘The GetBundi VISION 2032’,” Oparaugo said.
He said the center will start with six years of high school STEM subjects of around 1,008 hours and 312 hours of digital skills courses that can make holders instantly employable in the 21st century and beyond.
The founder of GetBundi said digital skills will cover courses such as coding, graphic design, cinematography, video editing, digital marketing, cybersecurity, etc.
He further stated that GetBundi, interestingly, offers some of the digital skills courses taught in Pidgin English, which he said would be a game-changer.
“One of our goals with GetBundi is to enable our learners to acquire knowledge, skills and behaviors that will help them transform their lives and improve employment prospects and productivity in employment”, did he declare.
“Jobs will disappear, new jobs will be created and the majority will be in the digital space. Our goal is to upskill and retrain Nigerians/Africans with 21st century skills that will make them instantly employable,” he said. he declares.
Speaking on STEM courses, Oparaugo said they are based on the West African curriculum for secondary schools and can be used as an aid for teachers, to support the lifelong learning of school going students and as a guide to study for out-of-school students. students.
“It can also be used to prepare those who sit for competitive examinations such as WASSCE, NECO Examinations and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination held by JAMB,” he said.
GetBundi MVP was launched in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, in June 2022 and has since continued to gain acceptance across the country and beyond. The dedicated web and mobile application versions will be online on December 1, 2022.