Several initiatives have been introduced in the recent past to give primary and secondary school pupils access to Information Communication Technology. The latest initiative in this regard is the newly introduced eight-inch notebook by Omatek Computers. The computer which has e-learning software is about the cheapest in the market now as Kemi Obasola reports Like their counterparts in private schools, pupils of public primary and secondary schools across the country can now own laptops with little or no initial payment.
This is courtesy of Omatek SmartBook Personal Computer Initiative. With the initiative, parents who want their children to be computer literate can purchase an 8 inch notebook for N50,000 and pay over a period of 24 months.
The notebook, which comes with an e-learning platform, also has learning platform like Encarta which can be used in the remotest of all areas where there is no access to the internet.
In an interview, the Regional Head (Sales) of Omatek Computers, Mr. Biyi Fashoyin, said the eight-inch notebook was specifically designed to aid the transfer of technology among primary and secondary school pupils.
According to him, the world being a global village now requires pupils having access to the best in terms of technology as soon as they reach school age.
He said, ?This is why Omatek designed the eight-inch notebook for pupils across the country; it is the cheapest laptop around now and has a Random Access Memory of 512 Megabyte.
?Experts in the field of computer technology today are those who had access to computer right from when others knew next to nothing about computers.
?Access to constant information is the next level. We should give our children a chance to stand and compete at par with their counterparts in the developed world and those in the posh private schools. Parents can buy the notebooks on a zero per cent equity basis and then pay over a period of 24 months, it is that easy.?
Our correspondent gathered that the eight-inch notebook has a warranty of three years: one year full warranty and two years of technical support. The pre-loaded educational software on the notebook can also serve as resource materials for teachers anytime they run short of teaching resources.
The notebook also has Bluetooth, webcam, cardreader, WIFI and an 800 by 480 resolution.
In another interview, Omatek?s Head of Marketing, Mr. Kayode Keku, said the eight-inch notebook was designed specifically with the education sector in mind.
He said, ?The Omatek eight-inch? Smart book is conceived and built specifically with the Nigerian youth in mind.
?The notebook is equipped with an in-built camera, eight-inch? screen, 512 GB RAM, and 60 GB hard disk space. The smart book is compliant with all operating systems and is ideal for the educational sector.
?Its light weight, strong antenna signal for its in-built Wi-Fi has ensured that the Smartbook remains a must have for pupils in secondary schools and students in tertiary institutions. With the new 8? Smartbook, school will never be the same again.
?Parents and institutions alike have the opportunity to take advantage of the Omatek e-xpress scheme to acquire the smartbook for their children/wards. The Omatek e-xpress initiative is a flexible computer acquisition and payment scheme which enables beneficiaries to pay for any computer of their choice within 12-24 months through our bankers.?
Already, the eight-inch notebook has been introduced to schools across the country. Just on Tuesday the organisation?s Group Managing Director, Mrs. Florence Seriki, was at the Dowen College Hall in Lekki, Lagos for the ?Omatek Reloaded?, a programme which had over 30 private secondary schools in attendance.
According to Seriki, the event was organised as a way of sowing seeds that would enhance Information Communication Technology penetration in secondary schools.
?It is also a way to improve pupils? motivation using technology to aid teaching and learning through interactive methods. It is the same reason Omatek has bundled the e-learning software with its eight-inch smartbook designed specifically for the education sector. We are ready to encourage pupils and students to develop more interest in self-learning. The notebook comes with learning essentials and Encarta with which they can learn at their own pace and undertake independent self appraisals.?
She said the ?Omatek Reloaded? was a catch-them-young platform through which Omatek empowered and invested in the intellectual, physiological and psychological development of pupils, ?having recognised that information technology literacy and proficiency in the use of IT tools has become essential to acquiring and managing knowledge efficiently.?
According to Keku, Omatek also had a 10-inch smartbook which parents and corporate executives could acquire at the rate of N75,000. This, he also said comes with 10-inch flat screen, 1GB RAM, 60GB Hard drive capacity and a robust Wi-Fi coverage of over 50 meters.