by Alli Mustapha
Following the closure of public and private schools in Lagos state, the Lagos State Government has concluded plans to assist 1 million students with Electronic-learning solutions and devices, to cover up for the physical classes that would be missed by the students due to outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
This decision was reached after First Bank Nigeria, announced its partnership with the government to equip and empower primary, secondary and tertiary schools with the learning solutions.
The students would enjoy the low-end devices which have been preloaded with Government accredited curriculum and designed to work offline given the fact that data consumption of most e-learning solutions has been a major stumbling block for the majority of students and teachers alike.
The device which fits all-purpose also has an online option via subscription for those who have devices already and can simply sign on to it.
In a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) First Bank Nigeria, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, urged individuals and corporate organisations to partner this initiative which keeps the children engaged and safe during this period.
“We have to ensure that we engage our students while they stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to use multiple media including radio, TV and the internet to reach students. Also, we have worked on a technology device loaded with the Nigerian curriculum that the students can use while at home.” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.
The Governor established that students at this time will now be able to continue learning, test themselves and send tests to their teachers who will also be equipped with the device.
In the same vein, The First Bank CEO, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, while maintaining that education is the bedrock of any society, stated that with education, the country has the potential to produce global citizens that could proffer solutions to any challenges confronting the world.
“First Bank will be providing a size-able number of devices in this drive to move one million students to e-learning. This partnership is an avenue to support our children to remain resourceful and fully engaged at this time so they can compete favorably with their peers internationally.
“It is a responsible approach to empower them given that they are our future and the foundation to build our country to greatness. By partnering on this we are solving a problem for families and our future”. Dr. Adesola said.