Data Science Nigeria and Malezi have teamed up with Mastercard Foundation to create ‘Learn at Home’ project.

The project is aimed at providing opportunities for continued learning as the country battles to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is understood that prolonged school closures due to Covid-19 have left millions of children in Nigeria without any formal school learning over the last six months.

Learners are now at risk of losing important learning gains and will need to catch up on what they missed, according to a Mastercard Foundation statement.

The foundation noted that the partnership, through the Mastercard Foundation Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Programme, would provide opportunities for continued learning.

It was learnt that the initiative, which aims to provide learning access for one million children in Nigeria within the next 12 months, will enable remote learning through multiple channels, including radio, mobile and the web.

The project delivery is split into two major channels – offline and online learning.

Data Science Nigeria, according to Mastercard, will take charge of delivering the offline learning and has created a localised and relevant learning syllabus.

Based on the agreement, Malezi will be in charge of delivering the online learning, providing a rich learning experience to children who have access to internet connectivity and smart devices.

This category will cover self-paced learning with numerous curriculum-aligned e-notes, videos and quizzes as well as teacher support through live tutorials and question and answer options.

‘This pandemic continues to upend basic assumptions about where, when, and how we learn and work’, Mastercard Foundation Country Head, Chidinma Lawanson, said.

‘Right now, the priority, in terms of education, is ensuring that children learn – no matter where they are or whether they have access to the internet.

‘Ensuring universal learning continuity is critical if we are going to mitigate not just losses in learning, but the overall inequality being perpetuated by this crisis’.

On the five key differentiators of this initiative, Executive Director of Data Science Nigeria, Toyin Adekanmbi, said, ‘Our approach to tackling education for disadvantaged [children] rests on our understanding of the obstacles and we have worked to overcome them head on.

‘Learn from home requires no internet connection to access, the curriculum is localised per location across Nigeria and based on the NERDC curriculum, the highest quality standard of teachers have been engaged for content delivery.

‘…[E]ach student will have a unique school registration number that allows student-teacher engagement and regular opportunity to test learning using simple mobile telephony services like USSD and SMS’.

Source: Mastercard Foundation

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