Airing curriculum-based lessons on the radio for boys and girls in Jss2
What is radio school?
Radio School is an educational radio program that delivers quality education to girls and boys in JSS2 in four core subjects (English, Mathematics, Civic Education and Basic Science). By putting curriculum-based lessons on the radio, this project goes a long way to address access to quality education for adolescents.
History of radio school
With the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation through the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE), SSDO is currently implementing a brand new program called ‘Radio School’. This program, the first of its kind in Nigeria, aims at leveraging the power of the radio to deliver quality secondary education to adolescent girls and boys in Enugu and Adamawa States, using highly skilled teachers in live classroom situations.
Lessons were broadcasted everyday (Monday to Saturday) on Voice FM 96.7 in Enugu State and on Gotel Radio Yola 917 kHz in Adamawa State. These lessons were pre-recorded in live classroom settings with teachers employing simple, yet effective distance-teaching techniques. At the end of the school day, students are able to call the teachers on (toll-free numbers) if they have any questions about the lessons taught. With the support from state governments, all 292 public schools in Enugu and 150 schools in Adamawa are participating in the project.
Radio school and covid19
Amid the ongoing global crisis of the COVID 19 pandemic, with countries as well as Nigerians being forced to obey the quarantine and stay at home directives imposed by different state governments, it became necessary to explore a range of low-cost measures, targeted at mitigating the impact of the education emergency necessitated by the pandemic.
Against this background and commitment to her mission of ensuring that Nigerian students have access to quality education, improved pedagogy techniques and increased digital literacy, South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO) began partnering up with state ministries of educations around the country to provide continued teaching and learning process. The program is designed to improve adolescents’ learning outcomes by providing high-quality curriculum-based lessons for Junior Secondary School students in Basic Science, Civic Education including basic gender studies, English Language and Mathematics through the radio. The lessons at the moment are being aired on radio stations in Lagos sand Enugu State, with other states soon to key in.
Recent feedback from students, parents, school teachers and principals have shown great excitement towards the program with students commenting on the ease of understanding the lessons aired and their eagerness for the sequel lessons.
It is strongly believed that this model can be implemented across the entire country, serving as a solution to the current education emergency as well as bringing new or previously unavailable resources into the classroom for the enhancement of student learning most especially the classes that are scheduled to take National Standardized Examinations –Primary 6 (Common Entrance), JSS 3 (Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination) and SS3 (Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board).
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