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Enugu, UNICEF Launch Digital Learning Platform



ENUGU– Government of Enugu State, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), and partner agencies on Thursday launched the Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP), a mobile learning platform to provide continuous access to quality education, targeting 12 million learners by 2025, especially most vulnerable and marginalized learners.

With the launch, Enugu has joined other states in Nigeria where the learning passport is reaching children with improved learning opportunities.

A learner can register on the platform using any device with a web browser, or through the NLP mobile application, to access a variety of high-quality learning content.

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It is designed for pre-primary, primary, and secondary school learning.

The State Commissioner for Education, Prof Uchenna Eze during the launch at the College of the Immaculate Conception, CIC, Enugu, commended the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, the Global Partnership for Education, GPE, and the Federal Ministry of Education, which he said had been instrumental in the partnership for the content development of NLP programme.

Prof. Eze explains that the App is a library, a teacher, as well as a classroom, that enables a student fill up a gap such a student would have missed by not attending a physical class.

He noted that the content was drawn from the National curriculum and the state learning scheme which Enugu State domesticated it’s user guide, adding that what were required in accessing the children user-friendly app are email address or mobile telephone numbers.

The Education Commissioner further noted that the NLP was developed in a direction that each public, mission or private school can learn in its own style.

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Prof, Eze said: “The COVID-19 pandemic made for exploration to see that learning continues even when the children are at home. It was on this process that we discovered Apps such as Zoom that can be used to leach and learn and the Radio learning programme.

“Presently, no society can continue to teach their children without technology. What we are doing now is investing in digital content, using the national curriculum. With technology, we can solve the problem of inadequate teachers.

“The App is not only for students in school, but also for those who did not have opportunity of going to school. It’s both an offline and online application from any browser.”

In a goodwill message, the representative of the UNICEF Enugu Chief Field Office, Dr. Hillary Ozor said that the NLP was a Ministry of Education initiative which UNICEF was happy about it’s fruition.

“We hope it will benefit the children and UNICEF will continue to support the programme in many ramifications. It’s good that Enugu state was selected as early drivers in the country. It’s an investment and you can count on UNICEF because anything that can make a child to learn, in or out of school, we are always there to support,” Ozor said.

The Director for Planning, Research and Statistics Department, PRSD, in the state Ministry of Education, Mr. Chris Edenwatu noted the NLP initiative was a new dawn for Education in Enugu state, stating that education was no longer an engagement between the learner and the teacher, but now internet based.

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He said that the programme was free and has come to correct the negative use of Android phones by the children. “They can now access their subjects in curriculum and it’s too good to be missed.

A student of Government Technical College Enugu, Ogah Okwudili, expressed gratitude to the state government, Federal Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, for launching the app in Enugu state.