By Orowo Victoria Ojieh
Kwara State Government will on May 16, 2022 kick-start its data-driven Education Transformation Project (KwaraLEARN) across 365 primary schools in the state.
The chairman, Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Prof Shehu Adaramaja disclosed this at a news conference on Sunday in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The project which is aimed at solving the challenges of education in the state will commence across 365 primary schools in four local government areas of the state, they are Baruten, Offa, Ilorin East, and Ilorin West local government.
Adaramaja explained that the KwaraLEARN project by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration is a public education transformation programme to improve teaching and learning in schools.
“They will be using innovative technology, data-driven platforms, high-quality learning materials, effective training and continuous coaching and support for teachers and school administrators.
“KwaraLEARN could not have come at a better time, given the challenges education is facing in Nigeria as captured by a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report delivered during a recent programme.
“Starting with governance, the Kwara State Ministry of Education, KwaraSUBEB and our technical partner, NewGlobe, developed a project communication and coordination plan to guide the management of the programme.
“Stakeholder sensitisation campaigns have also happened in the four pilot local governments, with meetings held with traditional rulers, education trade union representatives and Education Secretaries, among others.
“Today, KwaraLEARN have completed academic field studies in randomly selected schools to learn about teachers’ English fluency and proficiency, pupil oral reading fluency and foundational numeracy,” he said.
The SUBEB chairman added that the process employed by KwaraLEARN has been systematic and scientific to achieve the desired learning outcomes.
He said the decision to start the project is sequel to the critical achievements the state has earlier recorded in academics, governance, stakeholder engagements, operations, school inspection, technology, job creation, leadership and development.
Adaramaja said that the selection of the four local governments for the pilot scheme of KwaraLEARN were randomly picked due to the population from both rural and urban centres to check the outcome before a statewide operation.
He noted that KwaraLEARN’s key achievements in operations and technology include the delivery of 4,329 teacher tablets and smartphones, procurement of 250 blackboards, hiring of IT operation teams, setting up of teacher tablets and validation of tech applications in schools.
The chairman further disclosed that in the first phase of induction training which took place in Queen Elizabeth school Ilorin, 1,813 teachers and headteachers from across 227 schools in Baruten and Ilorin West LGAs participated. He said the second phase will start on the 5th of May, 2022, with prospective participants from Ilorin East and Offa local governments.
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