UNESCO seeks Osun’s permission to adopt, reproduce Opon Imo

Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola
Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola

The United‎ Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approached the government of the state of Osun seeking to adopt the e-learning device created by the Rauf Aregbesola administration, Opon Imo (Tablet of Knowledge).

UNESCO, in a letter dated November 15, 2014 to the Osun Commissioner for Education and signed by Prof. Hassana Alidou, Director and Representative UNESCO’s Regional Office in Abuja said the organisation is impressed by the components of the Osun e-learning project.

UNESCO also requested permission to reproduce and adapt the educational learning resource material and content of Opon-Imo to promote its educational programmes in Nigeria.

The organisation added that it was fascinated by the three major content categories of the e-library, the integrated test zone, the virtual class room containing 63 books covering civic education, Ifa on ethics and morals among others in Opon-Imo.

The United Nation’s organisation held that the concept and educational contents of Opon-Imo is in line with UNESCO’s objective to promote open access to quality education in the country.

According to UNESCO in the letter of request, “as you may be aware, UNESCO is a specialised Agency of the United Nations with a broad mandate in promoting education, science, culture, communication and information.

“The concept and education content of Opon-Imo is in line with UNESCO objective to promote open access to scientific information, open educational resources and open training platform as well as open distance learning.

“We acknowledge that the Opon-Imo was designed to enhance students’ access to knowledge, sexuality education and entrepreneurship, all of which are within the scope of UNESCO’s educational programme activities in Nigeria.”

The organisation also pointed out that it will partner with Osun, noting that the government of Osun will be officially acknowledged by UNESCO and other users as the major source of the e-learning resource materials wherever they are used.

Opon Imo [Tablet of Knowledge], the innovative education tool by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration, has bagged several international awards.

Opon Imo was selected as the best in innovative category in the e-learning and science category of the United Nations-backed World Summit Awards (WSA), among many other awards.


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  • Temitayo

    Lol.. Nigerians will not comment on this kind of news.. Well done Sir Rauf

  • Enemona

    Great one. We need this kind of innovative solutions to our nagging problems. This what happens when progressives get into power, they use their heads and are very open to ideas.


    Gbozaa APC Governor Rauf

  • SAM .A

    Congratulation ,Governor Rauf Aregbesola for your landmark achievement . It has been not only been acknowledged internationally,UNESCO is seeking your permission to reproduce it.Omo rere ti Noah bi. (Omoluabi thank you.)

  • Gidi

    Opon Imo is arguably the best policy initiative that comes from APC government. It is innovative, future looking and relevant to our society today. If APC ends up winning next week election, this is the kind of initiatives I expect each APC state to adopt.

  • True Nigerian

    I am Christian. And I want to remind all my Christian brothers that this idea which UNESCO is now trying to copy from Nigeria is a policy idea from a Nigerian who happens to be a Muslim (Rauf Aregbesola). Now tell me a Christian in Nigeria who would not want this idea to be developed in his or her own state and for the benefit of his or her own children.

    For those of you who are use empty religious sentiments to keep dragging this country back, I hope you turn from your thoughtless ways!

    Ogbeni, I am proud of you and your input! You have made us proud. Keep it up!

    • Ade

      ow is distribution of tablets an educational innovation? UNESCO is simply making rubbish of us. What we need is good governance and accountability with is lacking in Osun state and nigeria, parents should be able to afford any thing for their kids.

      • True Nigerian

        You are correct to a huge extent. But I’m sure you know that parents on a minimum wage of N18,000 cannot afford such necessities. And it is not Aregbesola’s fault they parents are earning that abysmal amount as a wage. So if they can’t afford it and Aregbesola buys it for the kids, I think he is thoughtful enough to deserve some credit.

        But distribution was not the only thing he did, I must remind you. The tablets were specifically designed to engage the interest of the students. All their homeworks and readings were put into the gadget. The first thing to commend is the thoughtfulness that went into this.


  • Eze1

    An Average Nigerian is creative. What impedes us from exploring our creativity is bad governance which has refused to create the needed environment for these creativity to thrive.

  • Ade

    How is distribution of tablets an educational innovation? UNESCO is simply making rubbish of us. What we need is good governance and accountability with is lacking in Osun state and nigeria, parents should be able to afford any thing for their kids.