By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
ON Tuesday last week ten secondary schools in Benin City, Edo State formally adopted the use of audio-visual technologies via digital satellite television as a way of enhancing the teaching/learning processes.
Known as Resource Centre, the project was commissioned in Edo College, Benin City on that day by MultiChoice Nigeria in partnership with School Net, a non-governmental organization, with the aim of introducing a platform for Information and Communication Technology in which audio-visual facilities are used to bring abstract ideas into real life in learning environment.
Among the ten beneficiary schools are Government Science Technical College, Ugboro, Eghosa Grammar School, Western Boys High School, Baptist High School, Immaculate Conception College, Edo Boys Grammar School and Edo College, all in Benin City.
These ten schools in Edo State are part of the beneficiary schools slated for the 7th phase of the programme which brings the number of the Resource Centres to 181 spread across 19 states of the Federation.
According to Mr. Segun Fayose, Head of Corporate Communications of MultiChoice Nigeria, the objective of the educational project is for the benefiting schools to have access to the MultiChoice education bouquet with a view to integrating the programmes into their curriculum in order to enhance teaching, learning and management processes in the schools.
The channels on the special education bouquet to which access are provided for participating school free of charge based on regular usage include: discovery, national geography, history, BBC World and knowledge, animal planet and mindset learning.
Fayose further says of the value of the audio-visual facilities: “Using these resources will assist in making the process of learning more vivid and empirical and therefore create more impact. On channel like national geography, for example, students can witness how processes like volcanic eruptions occur, or how aeroplanes are actually built”.
Mrs Ronke Bello, Deputy National Coordinator of SchoolNet said her organization derives satisfaction from schools that have effectively made use of the facilities, adding that SchoolNet ensures that teachers are able to handle the resource centres effectively by organizing a three-day training for them.
The State Commissioner for Education Dr. Ngozi Osarenren who was represented at the launch of the resource centre by her Acting Permanent Secretary, Mrs Helen Iyawe said the project is a direct intervention designed to enhance the effective use of ICT in the teaching/learning process, commending the efforts of MultiChoice and the benefiting schools for meeting the stringent criteria required by the donor for inclusion in the programme.
She urged the schools to ensure that the facilities provided at the resource centre like television, video recorders, DSTV decoders, fans, generator, chairs and tables are secured from all forms of vandalization.
Paul Orobor, an SS 1 student of Edo College is in love with the facility as it enables him to understand science better.
The 50 teachers who were trained in the usage of the facilities gave kudos for MultiChoice and SchoolNet for the laudable project which contributes to the enhancement of education in the country.
Mr. Friday, who spoke on behalf of the trained teachers, said that the three day training was quite educative as “we were taught how to operate the gadget and how to use the audio-visual aid to enhance the teaching/learning processes”, adding that television is now doing more good than harm.
Another teacher, Mrs Osayinde spoke in the same vein, saying that the facility has empowered them in ensuring that the best is given to students.