By Kofoworola Belo-Osagie
The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) has called on community leaders to help identify vulnerable children who may not resume next week because of one challenge or the other.
The Board is also seeking their support to raise awareness about its blended learning programmes on radio and television as well as on various social media channels to ensure learning continues both in school and online after resumption.
Speaking at a meeting, chairman of LASUBEB, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King told the leaders who are also chairmen of School Based Management Committees (SBMC) in the 20 Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs) that it was necessary to bridge learning gaps as children resume.
He said COVID-19 safety protocols meant that schools cannot run fully for now thereby requiring staggered or shift classes to help pupils maintain physical distancing.
For the days pupils will not be home he said it was necessary they follow lessons broadcast on radio, television as well as online.
He said: “Following the recommendations of expert educators and stakeholders that blended and remote learning strategies should be adopted to ensure that learning resumes and continues as smoothly as possible after interruption of the coronavirus pandemic. This means that our existing multi-pronged remote learning platforms will be sustained post-pandemic – to complement and re-inforce classroom lessons.
“Currently, the board runs remote learning classes on TV, radio and the web.
Our television programme is designed to cater for pupils in lower and upper primary classes and special needs pupils is called the classroom in your home. The TV programme has generated commendations from stakeholders and with a full sponsorship by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC),” he said.
Permanent Board Member in charge of social mobilisation, Mrs. Sijuade Idowu-Tiamiyu said feedback from learners who tuned in for the lessons while schools were closed was encouraging,
“When we started the structured distance learning programme, the feedback was fantastic. We had parents and pupils calling in. We had various feedback mechanism – through test messages, WhatsApp, or telephone calls during the programmes. We also used the gift system to encourage participation. Dufil Prima Foods provided gifts for children who were consistent in completing assessments,” she said.
Speaking on ensuring all pupils resume from Monday, Alawiye-King said the board would launch a programme called ‘Project Zero’ aimed at identifying vulnerable children and getting them to return to school.