On Monday, 7th October, 2019 National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) during the ongoing GITEX Technology Week in Dubai put Nigeria’s name in the world’s advanced technology register by launching a hardware designed by the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, and a Director at agency, Dr Agu Collins Agu.
According to NITDA, the device, which was designed and produced in two years, could teach pupils in primary schools the art of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IOT).
Dr Agu was quoted saying "The hardware will embed problem-solving capability through creative thinking and problem-based learning methods, especially at an early age.
It will also accelerate local content development and indigenization of technology through human capital development in emerging technologies’’, he said.
According to the agency, the device is named "UnityBoard", and it is a creative medium for advancing teaching and learning, designed specifically as hands-on-learning tools to help today’s students build skills for the creative and digital economy through critical thinking.
Adu added that when students are free to invent and create, they begin to see technology as a means for solving real-world problems. He is of the view that by introducing IoT in early education via UnityBoard, it will change Nigeria’s education system massively.