As part of efforts to improve children’s learning, the Niger State Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with support from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), trained 675 teachers in digital literacy.
UNICEF Kaduna Field Office Education Officer, Francis Elisha, explained that the three-day training was aimed at equipping primary and secondary school teachers with digital knowledge on how to use the Nigeria Learning Passport. (NLP) in education.
The Government of Niger recently launched the NLP, an e-learning platform with mobile online and offline capability that enables continuous access to quality education.
Elisha said digital literacy is part of UNICEF’s response to bridge the learning gap using digital content, adding that for LP to be effective, teachers need to be digitally inclined.
“It is a way to expose teachers to digital literacy for learning through a digital platform, to bridge the learning gap between urban and rural areas, as the LP has the ability to work in online and offline.
“The LP platform provides effective learning for children at home, as it helps bridge the learning gaps and challenges that children face or could face during emergencies and crises, just as they faced during COVID-19,” he said.
Mr. Adebayo David, Support Facilitator of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Abuja, said teachers are trained in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to teach students even at residence.
He said teachers were trained in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel to organize content to teach students how to use social media platforms such as Telegram, Zoom, WhatsApp, Google in case of emergency or crisis.
David added that teachers need to return to their schools and leave the training to other teachers for effective learning.
One of the teachers, Ms. Rhoda Yakubu from Dr. Yahaya Primary School, Minna, said the training exposed her to the use of ICT to enhance children’s learning and thanked the organizers for the gesture. .
Another teacher, Suleiman Mohammed from Liman Model Primary School, Minna, described the training as appropriate and pledged to integrate digital learning into children’s teaching.
The training targeted selected teachers from Lapai, Kontagora and Minna.