Lagos plans UNICEF collaboration to tackle out-of-school problem

The Lagos State Government has expressed its readiness to leverage the digital platforms provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to reduce the challenge of out-of-school children in the rural communities

The Director, Policy, Planning,Research and Statistics, Ministry of Education,Dr Adejare Afolabi, said this during a two-day stakeholders’ dialogue workshop in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria  reports that the workshop, with the theme ‘Digital Learning Platforms,’ was  organised by National Orientation Agency, in collaboration with UNICEF.

Afolabi said it would bring to bear the existing Nigeria Learning Passport  method with which UNICEF had trained more than  3,000 facilitators and provided tablets for the purpose.

He explained that the initiative was imperative as it would help the children improve their learning with the audio-visual system provided, and reduce abstract learning.

“We are leveraging the existing NLP, an online/offline platform designed to complement the existing system of imparting knowledge and learning.

“It an initiative of the federal and state governments in partnership with UNICEF.

“We have a number of out-of-school children, and some who are slow in assimilating.

“So,  this platform will help them listen, watch, learn and understand better what they are being taught in the classroom.

“It is  a complementary platform used to boost the normal traditional learning system which we are using to reduce and address such issues.”

The director noted that the idea was to bridge the gap between the fast and slow learners, adding that every child could learn at their own pace, and also revise topics that they could understand and assimilate.


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