By Muhammad Lawal
Birnin Kebbi, Aug. 25, 2022
The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday said it is intervening on how to upscale e-learning in 400 schools in nine Local Government Areas of Kebbi State.
Mr. Isa Usman-Sokoto, UNICEF Representative in Kebbi State made the disclosure at the presentation of computers, radios and first aid kits to Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
He said: “We are intervening in 400 schools in nine local government areas. I am sorry to say, UNICEF cannot do everything, but the little we can offer is to complement the efforts of government.
“We are going to distribute 80 computers because the world is not only becoming a global village, but is now becoming a global hamlet. We want somebody to learn what is in Lagos while he is at Gwandu or Danko Wasago or Argungu.”
Usman-Sokoto described the donation as a strong commitment of UNICEF in seeing that children receive both qualitative and quantitative education in their respective primary schools as well as Integrated Qur’anic Schools.
He noted with satisfaction that visits to such schools showed that pupils could now read, write and even solve simple arithmetic unlike what obtained before the intervention.
The UNICEF Representative said the essence of the intervention was to reduce the number of out-of-school children by creating enabling environment for children to be able to stay in school and move to the next level of learning and complete their education cycle.
“We didn’t stop there. We looked at how to ensure that improved teaching and learning really take place in our intervening schools and other schools that are not intervened.
“This has been done through training, through the methodology and modern approach to teaching,” he said.
While assuring that primary education was very sensitive, Usman-Sokoto stressed the need to put all hands on deck to ensure the attainment of desired goals and objectives.
Receiving the items, the Executive Chairman, KBSUBEB, Prof. Suleiman Khalid appreciated UNICEF for the gesture and assured that they would be judiciously put to use.
He described UNICEF as a dependable development partner, adding that it was not just about the tangible materials donated, but about the best practices they always bring in providing support to improve teaching and learning.
Khalid said the organisation had brought state-of-the-art teaching and learning methodologies, assuring that the state would key into the new innovation for the good of the pupils and the state at large.
The chairman recalled that COVID-19 had taught the world a great lesson, saying, “in view of that, it shows that there is no alternative to e-learning.”