As part of efforts to cushion the effects of the Corona virus pandemic on the lives of school children, about 1,800 children in Ogun and Kaduna states have got offline learning kits to continue their education at home courtesy of a non-governmental organization, NGO, the Five Cowries Initiative FCI.
The home learning kits is part of “My Story of Water” initiated by FCI to provide access to education for children in rural areas without internet facilities.
According to the FCI group, the home learning kits, a series of worksheets, which require no access to electricity or data, are part of a fuller alternative education plan, keen on exploring the use of arts in nurturing creativity in education. The kits they said would be used in conjunction with other supporting activities such as a weekly thirty-minute radio show incorporating lessons.
While noting that plans are underway to commence the initiative in Lagos State, the group added that the 1,800 children who received initial worksheets would continue to receive subsequent worksheets–in line with the learning schedule, every two weeks over four months.
Speaking on the development, Founder of FCI, Polly Alakija, explained that her NGO was working closely with technical and implementing partners such as: Teach For Nigeria and SOS Children in developing the educational content and DHL in delivering the sheets across the nation.