Education is a basic human right and is critical to human development. In 2015, world leaders came together and adopted 17 ambitious goals known as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) with a time-frame of achieving them by 2030. SDG 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning by 2030.
In Nigeria, major interventions have been geared towards increasing access to education at all levels including increasing enrollment rates in schools for girls and yet learning outcome is poor. UN estimates that 125million children are not learning basic skills even though they have spent at least four years in school. Quality education is still an issue that needs to be addressed in Nigeria’s education sector. According to The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), 64.63% of students who sat for the school leaving examination failed in 2015. This can be attributed to poor teaching standards due to the absence of qualified and experienced teachers in schools. This is yet another issue that needs to be addressed as education remains the key to escaping poverty.
Research has shown that the use of technology has changed the face of education benefitting both teachers and students. South Saharan Social Development Organization in response created the innovation called Radio School in 2015. With generous support from MacArthur Foundation, this approach is to transform education in Nigeria by using technology to educate children particularly those in the North East facing the challenges of insurgency.
A baseline survey was conducted among the partnering schools in the two focal states – Enugu and Adamawa. The report indicated the average exam scores of the students in the four core subjects for junior secondary schools. The diagram below shows the average exam scores of the students in the four subjects:
The report not only showed students’ academic performance in the four core subjects, it also indicated their level of knowledge on gender equality issues and civic rights.
Radio School is designed to support and improve adolescent learning through providing curriculum-based lessons in Mathematics, English, Basic Science and Civic Education through highly-skilled teachers on the Radio. This project aims at not only improving their academic performance but also in addressing the gap in their knowledge of gender equality issues and civic rights.
To download the baseline survey report, click here