In Lagos, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has launched the Nigeria Learning Platform, an application that enables continuous access to quality education both online and offline in conjunction with the State Ministry of Education.
Designed as a solution to close the learning poverty gap, the Nigeria Learning Passport is also an education model for early childhood education, primary and secondary education, adolescent skills, technical and vocational education.
According to UNICEF Nigeria, while every user of the app has a personalized record of their learning history which is unique to them, teachers and parents also receive the tools and empowerment to support student learning.
During the ceremony in Agidingbi Ikeja, UNICEF’s Chief of Lagos Field Office, Ms Celine Lafoucriere noted that while
nothing can replace face-to-face interaction with teachers and peers in the classroom, the Learning Passport would provide learning opportunities when school attendance isn’t feasible or when children need to revise at home to bridge the learning poverty gap.
“The Learming Passport can be quickly deployed, customized and scaled-up nationally and locally, including in low connectivity and hard to reach areas. It is also an effective tool to accelerate state education reforms to make quality learning opportunities available to more children, anytime, anywhere. UNICEF sees the deployment of the Learning Passport as an opportunity to narrow digital inequalities, reach the most marginalized; empower girls and young women; and prepare the workforce of the future.
To achieve that everyone must be involved, we need governments like the Lagos state to take ownership whilst UNICEF commits to engaging young people on Genu 9JA to leverage innovation, widen models of cooperation, and ensure private sector collaboration” She said.
In a keynote address, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo who appreciated UNICEF for the platform, explained that Lagos had been employing technology to boost learning and school management both in schools and outside schools especially hard to reach areas.
The Commissioner said “Be assured that at the State, we are very excited, we are willing, we will work with you to ensure that we build sustainability”
Earlier in an address of welcome, the
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Abayomi Abolaji noted that the UNICEF app is complementing the learning models implemented by the Lagos State Government during the Covid-19 lockdown and enjoined all stakeholders to take advantage.
The ceremony was attended by parents, teachers and students from selected Lagos State schools who thrilled other attendees with a drama piece on the impact of the Nigeria Learning Passport.