BY EMEKA AGINAM
Mobile phone operator, Etisalat, has received commendations on its new education package tagged Cliqlite, designed to aid children aged 8 to 15 in their education.
Cliqlite is a new educational product from Etisalat available via short code to all prepaid packages.
The service is available to all prepaid packages on the network.
Renowned opinion leaders in the country including the Chief Executive Officer of Rise Networks, Toyosi Akerele, President, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, Shola Salako, and Nnenna and Friends TV show anchor, Olayinka Olukunga all commended the initiative by Etisalat at the product launch, held in Lagos recently.
According to them, the product was a timely a timely intervention in the life of the Nigerian child in the 21st century learning.
According to Akerele, what Etisalat has done will revolutionize education in Nigeria, adding that, “The offering is very valuable, coming at N28,000 for the tablet, whereas the cost of past question papers and a lesson teacher would be almost N300,000 per child, per annum,”.
With the believe that the device will help parents and guardians in child upbringing, she said, “Children need to be encouraged to channel the time and energy spent on the internet positively for which I commend Etisalat for coming up with this product. Parents and guardians are aware that children and wards must go online and having a way to control the content they view and empower them with devices such as this is really praiseworthy,”.
Also speaking, the President of Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, Salako stated that the product, highly inventive and well thought through from Etisalat was coming at a time when the Nigerian child needed it the most.
“Recently, as a delegate at an international forum on education, we had proposed that telecommunication companies around the world introduce such child oriented product which will aid e-learning and protect children from harmful content on the internet. At that time, there was no company doing that. I commend Etisalat for the introduction of Cliqlite in Nigeria.”, she said.
According to Nnenna, “Cliqlite is an edutainment gadget that every child should own in this age and time to keep up with trends and learn in an enjoyable manner. Keeping children in class alone has become boring these days.
“Rather than giving your child a mobile phone or tablet without any restrictions, Etisalat Cliqlite is a better option. I like all the applications and games that come pre-installed on it, they are very educative and capable of helping every child improve in school and vocabulary to help them better express themselves. Cliqlite really makes learning fun” she explained.
One of the pupils in attendance, a primary five pupils at Grace Children’s School, Gbagada who spoke at the funfair put together to entertain children from more than six schools invited to take part at the launch, Ebube Vincent said she liked the tablet because “it is very easy for me to use, helps in education and fun to operate. Thanks to Etisalat for developing this new package for us. No other network thinks about children, it’s always about our parents and the adults” she said.