By DAYO ADESULU
In its bid to boost education in Rivers State, the Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi has stated that State Government will partner Daar Communications Plc to provide quality education to its citizenry.
The Commissioner stated this when the Chairman of Daar Communications Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi introduced the DAAR Education Service (DES) Solutions in her office in Port Harcourt.
Lawrence-Nemi who said that education is the number one priority of the Rivers State Government, added that the state is ready to partner with any organisation that shares the same vision with Rivers State in education. “The innovation will be an alternative way of learning,” she said.
According to her, the state has all the facilities (security, ICT, power) for a smooth installation of the DES across the model schools in the state, adding that the state will continue to bring innovations into the sector so long as it will improve the standard of education in the country.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Richard Ofuru who commended Daar Communications Plc said; “DES Solutions is coming at the right time as we have moved to the digital era,’ adding; “the DES Solution will be a very good teaching aid.”
Ofuru who explained that such teaching aid will make the pupils and students to assimilate and understand subjects easily noted that installing the DES Solutions in rural areas will attract teachers to teach in such areas.
Raymond Dokpesi who was elated with the partnership disclosed that the reason for venturing into education services was because of the poor performance of students in public examinations.
He said:; “Students’ poor performance was attributed to teachers’ method of teaching, students’ attitudes and unavailability of basic educational materials like textbooks etc.”
The chairman also pointed out that DES Solution was aimed at transforming the classroom, empowering teachers and captivating students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, educational video content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.
“Daar Communications believe that every child regardless of religion, tribe, gender or class should have equal access to the very best of education,” he said.
His words: “DES consists of 22 channels dedicated to primary and secondary schools instructional lessons based on the Nigerian curriculum. Each channel is dedicated to specific year groups and course options in senior secondary schools.
DES content is produced using the best teacher’s lesson plans and teaching resources to deliver exemplary lessons for every lesson in every topic, in every subject for every year between primary one and SSS3. A dedicated 24 hour professional development channel is offered to improve the knowledge and skills of teachers in line with internationally recognized best practices in pedagogy and education.”