The story of the 2019/2020 academic session in Nigeria will be incomplete without mentioning the disruption of academic calendar as a result of general lockdowns to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Being an unprecedented event in the history of the 21st century, most schools, especially, government owned schools were not prepared for this unexpected turn of events. Furthermore, the lockdown came at a period that pupils in terminal classes were at the brink of writing their final regional school-leaving examinations.
Following the ease of the lockdown and based on high demand, the intervention was scaled up to two (2) Senior Girls Secondary schools in 2 LGAs through WVL-N Strategic Innovation Fund. Since pupils could now go back to school, the project approach was modified to suit the new circumstance. The schools were selected on the basis that they have an existing computer laboratory. The laboratories were revived with the repair of derelict computers, and the provision of the solar panel and server. The module application was installed on the computers and the content used during the lockdown were uploaded into the servers.
“They sent their workers to us to make sure the lab is in good condition. Everything is there in the lab; the computers, the solar, and the wireless. Now our students can operate computers. They teach them in their mother tongue so our students can understand what they are teaching them because teaching them in their mother tongue is better than using the foreign language. They understand better than when you use English.”
“It assists the girls in their studies. This project is a very good one which we pray should continue because we have seen the benefits of it. Currently, we have 75 students who can operate on their own and we hope that more students can benefit. Most of these girls come from the grassroots, and if girls with such a background can use an e-learning facility, then it is a credit to Nana Girls and ActionAid Nigeria.”
“Now we can sit and turn on the computers to chat, to browse, to read, and do so many things about e-learning. We really appreciate that you are helping us. Thank you, Global Affairs Canada and ActionAid Nigeria.”