COVID 19: FirstBank, Stakeholders To Unveil e-Learning Platform For Children

Yemisi Izuora

 First Bank has concluded plans to unveil e-learning platform for children across Nigeria in collaboration with strategic stakeholders.

 According to the bank, building educational partnerships is an avenue to support children “to remain resourceful and fully engaged at this time, so they can compete favorably with their peers internationally”.

  Explaining further on Wednesday in a statement issued by First Bank Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Chief Executive Officer of First Bank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan announced that the Bank in partnership with government and other stakeholders is putting in place complementary efforts in education to support students and minimize the disruption to education resulting from schools’ closure.

  Dr Adeduntan explained that many parents are concerned about children and wards whose education is truncated by the current crisis and are “particularly worried about keeping children at home idle as all schools from primary through to tertiary institutions are closed across the nation”.

 Emphasising the urgent need to ensure that our children are not disadvantaged, remain engaged and stay safe during this period, he announced the Bank has concluded plans with the necessary authorities to enable as many children as possible access e-learning.

 Speaking on the initiative to enable as many children move on to safe e-learning, Dr Adeduntan said “we are warmed by the fact that different organizations have risen to the various challenges and are supporting in areas such as health and welfare, and we feel the peculiar needs of our children and youth must not be left out and have therefore elected to focus on contributing to solving the current education challenge.

 He explained that Education remains the bedrock of any society, adding that “we believe that when we educate our children, we enable our nation and produce global citizens who provide ground breaking solutions for the continent and the world at large.

 “So, building educational partnerships is an avenue to support our children to remain resourceful and fully engaged at this time so they can compete favorably with their peers internationally.

 “It’s a responsible approach to empower them given that they are our future and the foundation to build our country to greatness. By partnering on this, we are solving a problem for families and for our future.”

 “To this end, we are working with the States; United Nations Global Compact; innovative technology firms such as Robert & John to provide e-learning solution with the Government approved curriculum for students across the country.

“The roll out begins first week in April starting with Lagos State where FirstBank will support the roll out of Roducate which has been adjudged a best fit solution by educators, teachers and all necessary authorities.

“This solution has the full curriculum on both the online and offline versions with the offline version of particular interest as it eliminates the challenge posed by data affordability.

 “We call on well-meaning organisations and individuals to join us and collectively rise to address the challenges this current pandemic presents to our children and youth and are reaching out to other  organisations with complementary solutions to also partner on this initiative for the youth who are our future. They must not be lost in this pandemic”.

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