An e-learning alliance promoted by First Bank now offers technology-driven learning alternatives for Nigerian students in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nigerian banking giant says it has forged an alliance with the Lagos State Government and e-learning service provider, Roducate to offer a platform that closes the learning gap for students whose education were disrupted following the outbreak of COVID-19 otherwise known as Coronavirus.
Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank says that thousands of students have been signing up to access the e-learning service provided for free on www.firstbanknigeria.com/e-learning.
“This solution will see Lagos state offer children in the lower bracket, who may not have access to devices or data from home affordable smart phones preloaded with the curriculum. The phones have SIMs and limited data tied, only, to the Roducate learning product, which means the recipients cannot browse, encouraging safe learning but can still submit tests, mock exams”Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank
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“The partnership with Lagos State has seen us provide low-end devices for students preloaded with Roducate offline; content which includes Government accredited curriculum for primary through secondary education and several university courses”, according to the bank’s CEO who announced the First Bank e-learning initiative.
“This solution will see Lagos state offer children in the lower bracket, who may not have access to devices or data from home affordable smartphones preloaded with the curriculum. The phones have SIMs and limited data tied, only, to the Roducate learning product, which means the recipients cannot browse, encouraging safe learning but can still submit tests, mock exams”, among others, according to Adedutan.
The Roducate e-learning platform is structured in line with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary schools across various fields of academic endeavours, such as science, commercial and arts, First Bank says.
It also includes tutorial videos “to reinforce the learning engagement as well as assignments and mock exams to test the students’ knowledge and progress in the course of studying. In addition, learning on the platform enables one to take notes for quick reference.”
The Roducate e-learning platform is configured with exciting features to make learning exciting and fun, to foster extra-curricular activities – beyond academic pursuit.
These features include podcasts and various games such as brain pulse, monster munch e.t.c. which allows one to play with other students online thereby building relationships and promoting interactive learning.
“Currently our partnership offers students free online access to the education solutions. We encourage parents and guardians to have their children and wards registered in this initiative so their educational development is not held back”, according to the First Bank CEO.