The United Nations Children’s Fund says digital learning platforms can increase access to quality education for children in Nigeria.
This was said in a statement signed by UNICEF’s Communication Officer, Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships, Anike Alli-Hakeem.
The organization commemorated the Day of the African Child, marked annually on June 16, with the 2023 theme, the rights of the child in the digital environment.
UNICEF urged stakeholders including the government to exploit the opportunities offered by digitization for the learning and development of Nigerian children.
It said the education sector in Nigeria faces many challenges, one of these challenges is access to quality learning.
This is inhibited by low domestic spending on education resulting in limited school infrastructure and qualified teachers, high levels of poverty and social norms not supportive of education especially for girls.
To bridge the access to quality learning opportunities, UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education launched the Nigeria Learning Passport last year.
The organization noted that since its inception, the NLP had provided access to quality teaching and learning resources to 280,000 learners, teachers, parents and young people.
UNICEF’s Representative in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, in a statement urged stakeholders in the education sector to adopt and take the NLP to scale to reduce the number of children not receiving any education in Nigeria.
She said It will also improve foundational literacy and numeracy.
She added that digital technology provides us with a platform to innovate and seeks ways for inclusive quality education for all children.