Bauchi – To help students learn during the COVID-19-induced school break, USAID through the Northern Education Initiative Plus project has partnered with UNICEF, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) , state radio and television boards, and local universities to develop a multimedia e-learning program that will reach 1.7 primary, secondary, and koranic school students in the state.
The lessons run from Monday to Friday on Bauchi State Television, Bauchi Radio Corporation, and a dozen community radio stations between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 and 6:00 p.m
SUBEB Chairman Dr. Abubakar Sirumbai said Bauchi is committed to making the radio learning a success to maintain momentum in improving the state’s standard of education. “Unless something is done to salvage the situation, the lockdown will set the system back.” Dr. Sirumbai called on parents, caregivers, and community members to encourage their children to participate in the program to help ensure access to uninterrupted education during the school closures.
USAID support includes dissemination of the Northern Education Initiative Plus learning materials, “Mu Karanta” (Let’s Read) through the radio broadcasts. USAID is also collaborating with state governments to leverage Nigeria’s Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and World Bank-supported Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) resources by providing technical input and ensuring quality.
UBEC has requested USAID to provide “Mu Karanta” teaching and learning materials to populate a new web portal where teachers and learners can make use of resources during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Meanwhile, NEI Plus is continuing to develop early grade reading teaching and learning materials in Igbo and Yoruba in addition to Hausa and English reading teaching and learning materials.
Photo Credits : Children in front of TV – Nura Faggo; Mother & children- Yusuf Dahiru
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