Education technology support company, Skool Media Nigeria has called on governments at all levels and school owners to protect learners and teachers from the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement to mark the International Day of Education on Monday, the firm said it was important that handlers of education put in place necessary measures to protect the students and teachers as they resume for academic activities in Nigeria.
The statement reads: “In line with the theme of the day this year, which is ‘Recover and Revitalise Education for the COVID-19 Generation’, Skool Media Nigeria Limited urges government at all levels and owners of private schools to ensure that Nigerian students and teachers are shielded from the spread of coronavirus which has become a threat to livelihood the world over. This is the first step towards sustaining the lives of our students as they strive to recover the lost grounds.
“As we all go through the second wave of the pandemic and readjust to the new normal, the handlers and leadership of our education sector in Nigeria and across Africa must take necessary steps towards protecting the students and teachers because of the high tendency to mingle which is the potential ground for contracting and spreading the virus.”
In doing its part to support the fight against the pandemic, the firm said it provided facemasks, palliatives and supported virtual learning last year.
“At the onset of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria last year, Skool Media, as a responsible corporate organisation supported the Federal Ministry of Education with face masks, distributed palliatives to some schools and spearheaded the Unity School Virtual Learning for six months, which gave an opportunity for thousands of students to learn from home free of charge. The initiatives were highly applauded by the stakeholders,” it said.
With the second wave of the virus still unfolding the firm pledged to continue supporting digital education.
“At Skool Media, we will continue to collaborate with the education stakeholders in Nigeria to support ideas geared towards advancing education. Our Students Technology Experience Centres and Teachers Digital Learning Centres in most Federal Unity Colleges will continue to serve as avenues to acquire necessary digital skills for teachers and students so that they can compete favourably with their counterparts globally.
SOURCE: THE NATION