Radio School an educational innovation of South Saharan Social Development Organization which aims at improving learning outcome and academic performance of JSS2 students in Enugu and Adamawa Sates by providing good quality lessons in the four compulsory subjects in the national curriculum ends on a high note for first term. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from both states Ministry of Education, Post Primary School Management Board (PPSMB), school principals, teachers and the students. The principals who had received radio sets to enable the students participate in the project pledged their commitment towards ensuring that their schools participate effectively.
In Adamawa state, following the boko- haram insurgency that ravaged the state, Radio School has been bridging the gap in education sector as both students in school and out-of-school partake in the Radio School lessons. As soon as broadcast of lessons kicked off in both states, a seminar for the four subject teachers was organized to sensitize them on their role in the success of Radio School project which is to coordinate the students and ensure that they participate in the lessons during the scheduled broadcast time.
Radio School which was originally planned as an after school program gained massive support from Enugu State government who through the Commissioner for Education mainstreamed it into the school regular academic program thereby making Radio School an in-school program.
Students and teachers in both states when interviewed by the Radio School team were eager to share how they are benefiting from the project. Excerpts from interviews:
“Radio School has improved my English Language and has helped my learning ability. I advise parents to buy radio sets to also listen and learn with their children”. (Amina Adamu, JSS2 student Government Secondary School, Yola – Adamawa State)
“Radio School has gained wide acceptance from the students and has made teaching job easier for us teachers. During time for lessons, the students gather by themselves to listen to Radio School lessons”… Aliyu Ahiwa, Teacher – Government Girls’ Secondary School, Yola – Adamawa State
“Radio School has made my job as a teacher so easy. The students are now ever ready to learn as they have already been taught some of the topics on Radio School. It makes teaching on my part and learning on their part easy”… Ikokwu Anthonia, Teacher – Community Secondary School Obeagu- Enugu State
“Radio School has really helped me a lot in my studies. I have learnt a lot from it. My favourite subjects are Basic Science and Mathematics. I love the way the Mathematics teacher teaches the lesson. He makes it very easy for students to understand. We just wrote our mid-term tests and I passed very well in the four subjects”. (Egbo Miracle, JSS2 student Community Secondary School, Obeagu- Enugu State).
Radio School which started airing first term lessons on 26th September and 3rd October, 2016 in Enugu and Adamawa States ended the term’s lessons on 3rd December and 30th November respectively. In all, Radio School aired a total of 122 lessons for the term – 35 lessons in English Language, 39 lessons in Mathematics, 20 lessons in Civic Education and 28 lessons in Basic Science.
In order to help students prepare for their exams, a repeat of Radio School lessons from the beginning of the term was aired to aid students in their revision. The lessons were also uploaded to the Radio School website – www.radioschool.southsaharan.org
Most importantly, Radio School has launched a weekly feature that tells an impact story of how schools in Enugu and Adamawa states are benefiting from this project. This monthly feature also showcases testimonials from teachers and students. To read more on our feature stories, please visit the website.
For second term, Radio School promises to be more exciting and engaging for schools and students. To keep up with Radio School activities, please visit the website- www.radioschool.southsaharan.org or follow us on twitter @ssdoradioschool and instagram @ssdo_radioschool