By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
Ten secondary schools in Borno State are the latest beneficiaries of the MultiChoice Resource Centre which is an audio-visual learning aid designed to facilitate effective teaching and learning. The launch held on Tuesday last week at the Government College, Maiduguri.
Mr Segun Fayose, Head of Corporate Communications, MultiChoice Nigeria, said MultiChoiceâ€™s intervention is aimed at revamping the educational sector and to encourage teaching and learning using modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) in public schools. According to him, the centres would enable both the teachers and students to apply modern tools of learning, thereby enhancing their competitiveness.
Mr Fayose thanked the Borno State Government, SchoolNet Nigeria, and principals of the 10 beneficiary schools, promising that MultiChoice will not relent in its effort to give back to the community. Plans are afoot to commission additional 10 centres in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State in the weeks ahead.
Mrs Ronke Bello, Assistant National Coordinator, SchoolNet Nigeria, the implementing partner of the MultiChoice Resource Centre project, said the Borno launch is the third in the sixth phase of the project. She said the media deployed to each of the beneficiary schools are: a television set, a DVD recorder, a standby generator, DStv dish and decoder as well as a special DStv education bouquet with 8 channels. The DStv education bouquet is free and is not available for commercial purposes.
She further added that SchoolNet conducted a 3-day training for selected teachers from the beneficiary schools between February 3 and 5. The trained teachers, she said, are now master trainers expected to train their colleagues on how to maximize the facility and integrate it into the school curriculum.
Dr Asabe Bashir, Borno Stateâ€™s Commissioner for Education, thanked MultiChoice Nigeria and SchoolNet, for the fulfilment of the promise made to the State. She observed that the project, which cost several millions of naira, will enhance and ease teaching and learning in the State, urging the beneficiaries of the resource centres to make good use of the facilities and impart meaningful knowledge to the students.
Principals of beneficiary schools and the trained teachers pledged their commitment to the maintenance of the resource centres and their effective utilization so as not to defeat the purpose for which they were installed.
Highlights of the event included a presentation of certificates to 50 selected teachers who have been trained to manage the projects and a short presentation from the students of Government College, Maiduguri titled Appreciation.