As we transit towards knowledge driven economies, the need to build human capacity to gain competitive advantage has become a front burner issue for developed and developing nations. This situation is seen as more critical for developing nations which hold the majority of the world’s uneducated and have suffered decades of education infrastructure neglect.
To reverse this situation, in line with the millennium development goals timelines, developing nations will need more than orthodox initiatives to bridge the huge learning gap. The use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) appears to be one of such promising innovative means of democratizing access and improving the quality of learning.
The State Government of Osun, under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, in it’s resolve to champion inspiring innovations from Africa, has undertaken a ground breaking step to utilize ICTs to concisely tackle the learning problem through the Opón Ìmò Initiative. The State, through its Opón Ìmò Technology Enhanced Learning System (OTELS), has developed a learning tool that could revolutionize learning in developing states around the world. This tool is called the Opón Ìmò, “Tablet of Knowledge”.