By Olubunmi Adeniyi
Lagos. January 28, 2013: In its aim to empower teachers and students with skill in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Multichoice Nigeria, the leading pay-TV firm says it will roll out more MultiChoice Resource Centre (MRC) in public schools nationwide.
The centre which is an audio-visual teaching and learning aid for teachers and students in secondary schools is a Corporate Social Initiative (CSI) of MultiChoice Nigeria and its parent company, MultiChoice Africa.
Speaking on the planned roll out, John Ugbe, Managing Director MultiChoice Nigeria, explains that MRC project is designed for beneficiary public schools to have access to MultiChoice Education Bouquet with a view of integrating the programmes into their curriculum.
This will enhance the teaching and learning processes in their schools and with over seven channels on the bouquet, teachers and students have attested that the facility has made learning and teaching easy, the pay-TV company says.
Ugbe notes that prior to this announcement, the centre has already been implemented in 201 schools in 21 states in the country.
According to him, “this year, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ondo and Benue States to mention but a few some of the States that will benefit from the launch of the resource centres.”
MultiChoice provides the following learning aid items to each of the beneficiary schools: one DSTV decoder, one TV, one DVD player, burglary proof for the equipment, education bouquet. Others include one small generator, one whiteboard, 50 blank video cassettes, one stabilizer, one metal filing cabinet, among others.
Ugbe says that since the inception of the MRC project in Nigeria in 2004, MultiChoice Nigeria has spent over N150 million on training of over 5,000 teachers in the country on the use of the learning aid.
The company assures that it plans to do more to ensure that more students and teachers benefit from the initiative, which it says has started yielding result when in 2011, Chukwuka Ekweani of Zamani College, Kaduna emerged the winner in the essay category of the DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards in Nigeria and came fourth at the continental level.