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APEN Wraps Up 2023 Impact-Led Conference with a Call for Collaboration and Innovation in Education

…drives discourse on the future of education and the role artificial intelligence has begun to play.

The Association of Private Educators of Nigeria (APEN) recently
concluded its 13th annual conference on a high note, with a focus on the future of education and the role of
artificial intelligence (AI) in learning and innovation. Under the theme “Future Fusion: Artificial Intelligence in
Learning and Innovation,” the two-day conference brought together educational leaders, policymakers, and
innovators to discuss the latest trends and developments in education, and to explore how AI can be used to
improve teaching and learning outcomes for all students.
In her remarks, Mrs Lai Koiki, Chairman of APEN, highlighted the importance of collaboration and innovation in
preparing for the future of education. She said, “This conference has illuminated the fact that whether we are
esteemed school owners, educators, administrators, sponsors, or exhibitors, we must continue to offer each
other mutual support in navigating the ever-evolving educational terrain. Only through collective effort can
we adequately prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead”.
The need for collaboration between stakeholders was further endorsed by Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Former
Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, who stated, “This is a time when collaboration amongst schools
should take the forefront. A Collaborative structure is most ideal”.
The conference featured a variety of keynote speakers and panellists who shared their expertise on a range of
topics related to AI and education. The highlights of the conference included discussions on the significant
impact AI has on education and how its use will continue to grow in the coming years; how AI can be used to
create new and innovative learning experiences; and how AI can ensure personalized learning aligned to the
needs of individual students for better outcomes.
Mrs Bolanle Adewole, Chairperson, APEN Conference, stated, “Schools cannot afford to fail; they have the
responsibility of shaping the future. Artificial Intelligence is a necessary compass that navigates the
crossroads between efficient teaching and functional learning. APEN is at the forefront of helping schools
embrace it whilst being mindful of its ethical considerations”.

In addition to the keynote speech and panel discussions, the conference featured several workshops and
exhibits that allowed participants to learn more about AI and how to use it in their classrooms. Speakers
cautioned that AI is a tool, and like any tool, it can be used for good or for bad, stressing the importance of
using AI responsibly and ethically in education.
The conference concluded with a call to action urging participants to continue to learn and innovate in order
to prepare for the future of education. Attendees were encouraged to be bold and visionary in their thinking
and be willing to experiment with new technologies. They were also encouraged to collaborate with each
other to ensure all students receive access to high-quality education, regardless of background or
The recently concluded conference stands as a testament to APEN’s unwavering commitment to championing
private education and nurturing a diverse network of private schools. Its mission is to elevate the quality
provided by schools, thereby making a meaningful contribution to Nigeria’s educational landscape. APEN
works to achieve its mission by advocating for policies relevant to its schools, implementing efficient systems
to significantly reduce the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, promoting open discussions, and
collaborating with relevant stakeholders in the public and private sectors to bring about desired changes in the
younger generations.

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