By Emeka Aginam
To fully prepare for the challenges of the 21st century based learning, Laptops4Learning in partnership with Leventis Foundation have empowered Lagos Mainland Local Government primary School Ijero, with 28 laptops, 14 tablets for technology based learning.
The initiative was aimed at empowering every child in the primary school with access to screen based technology so as to survive the 21st century learning method.
Like the one Laptop per child, the programme is targeted at the under-privileged children in society, especially those from poor homes who may not normally have access to screen-based technologies such as laptops.
Sponsored by Leventis Foundation, the L4L project involves the creation of a e-learning facilities in one of the LMLG primary school classrooms, technical and skills trainin for teachers and provision of Laptops for the teachers and pupil in primary four, five and six.
With this development, LMLG has made available a dedicated classroom within the school compound for the exclusive use of Leventis L4L Club House for a minimum period of five years which allows the project to be more sustainable.
The Classroom, which will be designed as the Leventis L4L Club House will be accessible to LMLG primary school teachers, students and authorized members and representatives during school hours, after school and on weekends.
Speaking during the event, co-founders of Laptops4Learning Tomi Davies told the gathering that the objective of the project was to develop a replicable programe for primary schools that will enable teachers use screen based technology to teach students based on the Nigerian educational curriculum.
“What we are doing here to today is set up what will prepare these children for the challenges ahead. We are to give them the tools and the skills early enough. We have to prepare them from here so as to adapt to 21st century learning environment.
“We work with our corporate sponsors, the local government education secretariat and the States Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to select each school that will benefit the most from our after-school L4L Clubhouses.
“We then engage with the school administration, teachers and parents association to ensure community ownership of the project” he explained.
In each participating school, he explained that a classroom is dedicated for exclusive use as the L4L Clubhouse.
It would be recalled that L4L has been sponsored by Flour Mills, the Kuramo Primary School, Victoria as the the pilot school for the L4L Clubhouse initiative.
L4L is a Non-For-Profit organisation with the aim of providing laptops to Nigeria teachers and children as a learning tool. L4L’s goal is to provide primary school teachers and children in Nigeria with laptop computers, software, training and a conducive environment that will empower them to learn, explore, experiment and express themselves in creative and productive ways that will ultimately bring about transformative change in Nigeria.
The programme, the initiators said has been designed using that experience to accommodate the specific challenges Nigeria faces which include funding, power, teacher literacy, school infrastructure and parental poverty.