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COVID-19: More Than 1600 Basic Education Teachers In 6 States Benefit from Free Online Training On Digital Literacy

Not fewer than 1692 basic education teachers from six states of Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe participated in online training on digital literacy skills. The training was held from October 5 to November 20, 2020.

The training programme was a partnership with Teach for Nigeria (TFN) to support state governments to enhance teacher effectiveness and improve learning outcomes for students. The non-profit organization focuses on developing a movement of leaders across Nigeria, who are committed to ending educational inequity.

The programme was funded by Spanish based Profuturo - a digital education programme aiming to narrow the education gap in the world by improving the quality of education using technology.

Digital literacy skills are key to effective participation in the 21st-century knowledge economy, especially at a time when teachers have to conduct lessons in Digital Classrooms as they prepare the next generation of leaders to be critical thinkers, and problem solvers. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major (and an unequal) interruption in students' learning, which led to the near-total closures of schools, universities, and colleges around the world. This online training supported teachers to ensure that no student is left behind.

The training sought to prepare teachers to provide online teaching for students and enhance the capacity of the teachers to undertake self-study using Open Education Resources (OER). The participants of this digital training learned how to use computer applications and tools to access information on curriculum content; preparing lessons; and communicate such lessons to students via digital platforms including social media, email, and web/blog posts using smartphones, tablets, or computers. The participants were selected by their respective State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs).

Training sessions were conducted on separate virtual clusters via the messaging application -WhatsApp, and video conferencing via Zoom.

Free Internet data subscriptions were provided for the participants ahead of the training. The workshop was followed by a distribution of course workbooks, which covers the modules of the training to the SUBEB training coordinators in each of the six states.

The training delivered Modules that covered Basic Digital Skills 1 & 2, Large Group Management Strategies, Emotional Education, Vision and Planning, Classroom Culture I, II, and III.

Every participant will be supported over one year to ensure they deepen their skills and knowledge. The goal of this training was to increase the pedagogical skills, and subject content knowledge of the teachers to teach using technology.


Tags: NGO, Education, Nigeria, NSF


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