Study in Ogun Schools, Nigeria

MultiChoice Gives 10 Schools Free Access To 6 Education Channels


Having realised the potentials of television in enhancing teaching and learning dynamics, MultiChoice Nigeria, in partnership with SchoolNet Nigeria, has developed a dedicated Education Bouquet to equip schools under a special initiative.

Under the digital satellite platform, 10 selected public schools in Ogun State will have free access to the DSTV education bouquet, comprising six premium channels: National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, BBC world and Mindset Learn.

The schools include: Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School, African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, Odogbolu Grammar School, Odogbolu, Yewa College, Ilaro and AUD College, Ota. Others are: Makun High School, Sagamu, Our Lady of Apostles, Ijebu – Ode, Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu – Ode, Baptist High School, Abeokuta and Owode High School, Owode Egba.

At the commissioning of the centre in Abeokuta, Ogun State recently, the MultiChoice’s Managing Director, Mr. Joseph Hundah revealed that the bouquet combines the sound and images of television to support both teaching and learning in schools.

Represented by the company’s Head of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Mr. Ade Adefeko, Hundah noted that the resource centre, which he said would become operational immediately after the official launch, would afford students and their teachers the opportunity to have access to world class education, direct from their classrooms “thereby bridging the digital divide between Nigeria and other developed countries.”

Through the learning strategy, he disclosed that the company intends to contribute towards the development of Nigerian communities, support human capital development and at the same time, focus its corporate social responsibility programme on how the company’s expertise and assets could be leveraged for the development and growth of African communities through education projects.

This, he further noted, could be achieved by working through joint agreements, towards long term, sustainable developments, developing contextual and relevant programmes, supporting country-wide educational priorities, and working in alignment with NEPAD’s e-Schools Initiative.

Hundah reaffirmed that MultiChoice’s investment in the country extends beyond the creation of digital satellite platforms and offering direct satellite television services to homes. According to him, the company also believes strongly in creating a sustainable relationship with stakeholders and communities in which it operates. To him, having been involved in a number of projects and having partnered with organizations like the SchoolNet Nigeria and state Ministries of Education, the facilities being provided in all the 10 Ogun State public schools would also enable the students to compete favourably with their mates from private schools environment.

It is widely accepted that Information Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to enhance and support various development goals in particular. The use of ICT can be a catalyst for improving the quality of education. We believe that through our dedicated DSTV education bouquet, the lucky beneficiaries will be exposed to limitless opportunities, direct from their classrooms, while also supporting the teachers

Narrating the journey so far, the Assistant National Coordinator of the SchoolNet project, Mrs. Ronke Bello said through numerous laudable programs, SchoolNet has been working to provide Nigerians with access to information and knowledge, to enable them develop themselves and their communities.

According to her, the projects are designed to improve educational delivery by enhancing the teaching, learning and management processes in Nigerian school, using identified and appropriate forms of ICT, ranging from new media like computers and the internet, to traditional media like television, videos, radio, the telephone and newsprint.

Her words ” Our modus operandi is to serve as implementing partners on Corporate Social Responsibility for private sector organisations, one of which is the partnership with MultiChoice Nigerian for the implementation of its Resource Center project.

Emphasising the importance of the project, she assured that the scope is being expanded to accommodate many schools, the first phase of which was implemented in seven schools, four in the Federal Capital Territory and three in Lagos; while the second phase was implemented in 14 schools – seven in Enugu and another seven in Kaduna state.

Subsequently, Kano and Cross River states also benefited from the third phase of the project with 10 schools each, while the fourth phase covered 10 more schools each in Katsina, Abia, Ekiti and Bauchi states. In addition, the fifth phase covered Ogun, Gombe, Plateau and Rivers and as at today, 91 schools have been listed as beneficiaries across the country.

Describing how the project works, she stated that the media deployed include the television, DVD recorder, satellite dish and decoder, in addition to other equipment such as generators, cabinets, empty DVDs, Whiteboard, stabilizers and other essentials to facilitate the project.

Her words, ” we are moving with the technological advancement of the world. In the last four phases, we had video recorder as against the DVD recorder. However, we wish to state that the use of these equipment will not replace the teachers in the classrooms but help both teachers and students in the way teaching and learning is being done.”

To aid the teachers, a three-day training programme was organized for those in the benefiting schools. They are to become master trainers and would, in turn, train their colleague on the use and integration of the MultiChoice education bouquet.

Besides, a MultiChoice resource center educator’s guide has been developed to guide the teachers and the schools on the use and maintenance of the centers, including its integration into their curriculum.

We are happy to report that the teachers have embraced this project with enthusiasm as is indicative of the feedback after the training. We thank the benefiting schools and the principals for welcoming the project and imploring the teachers to effectively put to best use, the resource centers for the interest of the schools and their commitment to achieve the objective of the centers. We also appreciate the cooperation of the state Ministry of Education and cannot thank MultiChoice enough for giving back to the community, as a private sector.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Segun Awonusi said for over two decades, the delivery of quality education using modern tools had faced serious challenges in the state until the present administration came into the scene.

He applauded the decision of MultiChoice to providing facilities for quality education of the nation’s future leaders.

He said, “we have launched a campaign on IT expansion programme involving the training of teachers and supply of computer systems to our secondary schools and will later move to primary schools. We stand very tall as the only state with four ICT polytechnics and a University of Education and I want to give assurance to our benefactors that the centers will be maintained for our students to make the maximum use of the facilities.”

Mr. Suleiman Ayodeji, one of the trained teachers commended MultiChoice for the idea to initiate television into teaching methodology. He stressed that both the students and teachers have a lot to gain from the project as 60 per cent of what children watch stay in their memory.

It is common to hear children recount a movie or programme they watch on television from the beginning to the end. I believe transferring that idea into the classroom will make subjects even more interesting and interactive for them. It will be effective for the teachers also because it will help broaden their knowledge, make them creative and help students to be competitive especially, with those in the private schools. The teachers will use the equipment provided to help achieve a standardised method of teaching in Ogun State

Source: The Guardian

November 19, 2008 |

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