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More than ever, the advent of the knowledge economy and global economic competition compel governments to priorities educational quality, lifelong learning and the provision of educational opportunities for all. Policymakers widely accept that access to information and communication technology (ICT) in education can help individuals to compete in a global economy by creating a skilled work force and facilitating social mobility.




They emphasize that ICT in education has a multiplier effect throughout the education system, by enhancing learning and providing students with new sets of skills; by reaching students with poor or no access (especially those in rural and remote regions); by facilitating and improving the training of teachers; and by minimizing costs associated with the delivery of traditional instruction


At the international level, policy for integrating ICT for development was first formulated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Target 8.F, which states that “in cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications” (United Nations, 2000; 2012). Moreover, while not mentioned explicitly in the Education for All goals, it is arguable that ICT plays a pivotal role in achieving these goals, including broadening access, eliminating exclusion, and improving quality (UNESCO, 2000). That is why, more than ever, there is the need for a comparative analysis of ICT integration and e-readiness in schools across the Arewa region.


The global economy is changing and affecting the way Region needs to plan its economic and social growth in that new economy. The shift in the economy from manufacturing to services places ‘knowledge work’ and the human resource as key factors of production in sustainable development. Global statistics show productivity gains in all sectors resulting from use of ICT, and further evidence shows the relationship between productivity and broadband availability. In this regard, ICT infrastructure underpins the knowledge economy of the so-called ‘Information Society’. Several issues in the global environment have impacted and will continue to shape the regional environment, therefore for a sustainable economic development of Arewa region, the States within the region must come together in a concerted way to formulate the Arewa Regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development Strategy or more appropriately to be named AREWA REGIONAL DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (RDds), to acknowledge the vision for the entire Region.

Strengthen Arewa Regional Collaboration and Innovation Networks

The mainstay of the ACRD Center of Excellence’s collaboration work centers on its Strategic Doing initiative. This program will focus on the use of States within the regional networks to accelerate innovation, partnership and collaboration. Strategic Doing quickly develops sophisticated collaborations that help advance open innovation across organizational and political boundaries within the entire region. Strategic Doing ignites the spark of regional innovation, partnership and collaboration enabling people in loosely-joined, open networks to think and act strategically. In partnership with Small Business Development Center’s across the World, this program showcases the pivotal role of second-stage firms to employment growth and prosperity and development growth strategies, with the goal of making Arewa region an investment destination.

Building Capacity of Local and State Governments to effectively Address Economic and Environmental issues

The mainstay of the ACRD environmental considerations in the overall policy-making, planning, and development process at local and regional level are: 

  • Building capacity of local and States governments within the region to effectively address specific environmental issues, concerns, and strategic measures in areas like agriculture, transport, waste management, and freshwater availability that have significant relevance and implications in the context of sustainable regional development;

  • Responding to emerging issues of concern, such as climate change and human health impacts; and

  • Fostering community-based natural resource/environment management to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

ICT is the convergence of communications, computing and information technologies and has become the catalyst that enhances development process of a nation...Read More>>


Strategic Data for Decision-Makers

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Promoting the development of a high quality multi-year plan that builds on the economic strengths of the entire Arewa region.



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