By Technology Times
Lagos. October 6, 2012: Mobile phone company, Airtel Nigeria has partnered with the world leading phone manufacturer, Nokia and renowned Pearson Foundation to train 200 teachers selected from 100 primary schools in Lagos State on the use of wireless technologies in teaching Mathematics.
According to Airtel, the number of trainees was 222 per cent higher than 62 teachers selected from 31 schools trained in 2011 under the project called BridgeIT.
BridgeIT is a partnership by the three organizations, combining familiar mobile products and wireless technologies to deliver educational programmes to teachers and students who otherwise would not have access to such vital training materials.
Airtel Nigeria provided dedicated lines and data services; Nokia West Africa supplied handsets while Pearson Foundation delivered the content. Lagos State government lent support through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The trainees received digital educational programming – videos, pictures, text, and audio files – over mobile technology used in their communities and shared these materials with students to improve the latter’s learning.
Atinuke Adelakun, Coordinator, BridgeIT Initiative in Nigeria, explained the focus of this year’s programme as to enable better understanding, teaching and learning of Mathematics for both teachers and pupils.
In corroboration, Adedotun Adebayo, alias ‘French Man,’ a teacher, hailed the BridgeIT and its new method as having made teaching Mathematics interesting, enjoyable and easily understandable by both the teachers and the pupils.
Emeka Oparah, Director of Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria, expressed the telecoms company’s delight to be part of the partnership and assured that Airtel would continue to partner with the Nigerian Government in developing education at the primary level.
“At Airtel, we understand that children are the foundation, the future and we will continue to provide educational support especially for underprivileged children,” Oparah adds.