Following the ongoing effort to improve learning among children, the Niger state ministry of education in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF)Following the ongoing effort to improve learning among children, the Niger state ministry of education in , supported by Global Partnership Education (GPE) has trained 675 teachers on digital literacy to bridge learning gap.
Education Officer, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, Mr. Francis Elisha stated this during the week in Minna, stressing that the three-day training was to equip teachers of primary and Junior Secondary Schools in the state with digital knowledge on how to use learning passport in teaching.
It could however be recalled that Niger state government recently launched the Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP), an online e-learning platform with online mobile and offline capability that enables continuous access to quality education.
Elisha explained that digital literacy was part of UNICEF response to bridge learning gap using digital content, hilighting that for LP to be effective, there was need for teachers to be digitally inclined.
“It is a way of exposing teachers to digital literacy for learning through digital platform, this is to bridge learning gap between urban and rural areas as the LP have the capacity to work online and offline.
“The LP platform provide effective learning for children at home as it helps to address issues of learning gaps and challenges that children face or could face in terms of emergency and crises just like they were faced with during COVID-19,” he said.
Supporting Facilitator from Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Abuja, Mr. Adebayo David, said the teachers were being trained on how to use ICT to teach students even from home.
He said the teachers were trained on how to use microsoft word, power-point and excel to organise content to teach students using social media platforms such as telegram, zoom, WhatsApp, Google classroom in terms of emergency or crisis.
David said the teachers were expected to go back to their schools and step down the training to other teachers for effective learning.
One of the teachers, Mrs. Rhoda Yakubu, from Dr. Yahaya Primary School Minna, said the training had exposed her on how to use ICT to improve learning among children and thanked the organisers for the gesture.
Another teacher, Suleiman Mohammed, from Liman Model Primary School Minna, described the training as apt and timely for incorporating digital way of teaching in learning and pledged to incorporate digital learning in teaching children.