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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

MultiChoice increases e-learning centres to 141

As part of its corporate social responsibility, MultiChoice Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s leading premium pay-TV operators, has increased to 141 its resource centres with the launch of Oyo and Sokoto states in September and October respectively.

A press statement made available to ITRealms Online by the Head, Corporate Communications, MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. Segun Fayose said the firm’s resource centre project, which began in 2004, is already in its sixth phase with a total of 141 centres launched in public secondary schools across 14 States of the federation with Oyo and Sokoto being the latest beneficiaries.

The project which is aimed at boosting learning in public schools, according to the company, would also provide training and support for teachers so that they can integrate the available content into teaching programmes to benefit all the children in their care.

The paid TV operator opened shop in the country in 1994 with an array of channels on its bouquets aimed at taking entertainment to another level.

The company in 2004 introduced a specially developed bouquet of seven learning channels for secondary schools with the aim of helping to revamp teaching and learning processes as well as broadening the horizon and spectra of experiential learning by equipping these schools with audio-visual equipment through which the education bouquet can be accessed.

He also noted that in supporting the drive for science and technology as vanguard for Nigerian educational progress, MultiChoice launched these centres in public schools in partnership with SchoolNet, a non-profit organization of stakeholders in education.

SchoolNet is committed to the effective use of Information and communications technologies (ICTs), for enhancing teaching, learning and management processes in Nigerian schools.

The digital platform is today being leveraged into a powerful learning tool benefiting thousands across the length and breadth of the country.

Lined up in the sixth phase apart from Oyo and Sokoto States are Borno and Delta States.

Lagos and Abuja were pioneer beneficiaries of the resource centres with four and three centres respectively.

Kaduna and Enugu States had seven centres apiece in the phase two while the third, fourth and fifth phases included Cross-River, Kano in 2007, Abia, Ekiti, Katsina and Bauchi in 2008, Ogun, Gombe, Rivers and Kogi, this year where 10 centres were donated apiece to the states.

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