– Governor Sanwo-Olu unveils 5000 transistor radios and face masks donated by COWLSO to improve access to education.
In a bid to improve access to education in Lagos State, the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has on Monday, unveiled 5000 transistor radios and 5000 face masks donated to the state.
The face masks and the radios were donated to the state’s ministry of education by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) in partnership with the office of the first lady of Lagos State and they are to be shared across the “hard-to-reach” areas of the state.
While unveiling these materials at the state house in Mariana, Mr. Sanwo-Olu lauded the efforts of COWLSO for the initiative which is highly commendable.
He said; “What COWLSO is donating this morning is to improve and enhance the learning capability of the children and so we are excited that they have been able to put this together for the students.”
“I understand that this is the first batch, others will come in. This is a new norm and so we need to adapt to the new realities of where we find ourselves and so this part of adaptability and innovation has to come to learning.
“What we are doing now is as much as possible, learning can be done offsite and so it is just something to make our children get themselves busy, have a tool, have an app, have a phone and have a radio and whatever it means to communicate such that at the agreed time and in the comfort of their learning environment, they can tune in, they can listen, they can take notes, they can interact and be in tune,” he said.
The governor therefore expressed his certainty that the initiative and the donations will immensely improve learning in the state at the pandemic time.
On her part, the chairman of COWLSO who doubles as the first lady of the state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said the decision to donate those materials was born out of the desire to ensure every child has access to quality education within the state.
According to her, the 5,000 face masks and the cash donation would help to ease the burden of parents and guardians and the students in this era of the new normal, saying that statistics confirmed that there were over a million children at home during this pandemic period not going to school for the past three months, while students preparing for WAEC and Jamb exams had equally been affected.
“In this new normal, Ministry of Education has gone ahead to improve on e-learning, loading the Nigerian curriculum on to some platforms and in a bid to reach out to more students in the rural and riverine areas numbering about 200,000 across Lagos State in the primary and Secondary schools in Ibeju Lekki, Epe, Ikorodu, Badagry, Agege, among others, COWLSO is coming on board to assist with transistor radios so that our students will have access to educational programmes on radio.
“During the first phase of the lockdown, COWLSO took part in distributing palliatives. We distributed food items, hand sanitizers and everything that needed to be distributed. However, we were still worried about the education of our children now that they are not going to school.
“We just don’t want to stop at giving palliatives; we wanted to move further and so we decided to donate radio transistors with batteries to ease the leaning of the children since we learnt that the Ministry of Education had perfected partnership with some radio stations,” she said.
The first lady therefore urge corporate organizations, religious organizations, philanthropists and other concerned bodies to tend to the plight of the citizens of the state as regards to education to make a brighter future for the students in the state.
Source: Nigerian Tribune
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