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 programme, 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.
The program began by broadcasting Junior Secondary School curriculum-based lessons in Mathematics, English, Basic Science (with emphasis on agriculture), and Civic Education. This program supports broader initiatives towards promoting universal access to good quality education.
RADIO SCHOOL is an educational radio programme 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.
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 Project and COVID-19
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 Matriculations Board).
Radio School Lessons
Radio School Resources
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has announced the introduction of another daily radio lessons programme targeted at junior secondary school students in the state, as part of efforts to ensure that students utilise their time judiciously during the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Use radio school programme to bridge learning gaps caused by COVID-19, group urges government – The Guardian
A non-governmental organisation, the South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSSDO) has urged the government to use radio school programmes to reduce the impact of the education emergency necessitated by COVID-19
SOUTH Saharan Development Organization, a non-governmental agency, has unveiled an already prepared alternative for pupils and students to remain in studies following a lockdown of schools as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria.
Schools’ closure: Lagos partners Najia Fm, South Saharan on free radio lessons for students – Tribune
A major boost has come on the way of Lagos State government as Naija FM 102.7 and South Saharan Social Development Organisation have partnered with her to provide daily free radio lessons programme for students in junior secondary schools in the state.
The Lagos State government has partnered with more radio stations in the state to produce educational contents for students in view of the closure of schools due to Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).
The South Saharan Social Development Organisation, an NGO, has proffered “Radio School” to uncertainty in the current nationwide shut-down of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“Some time ago, I was afraid to go to school because my parents told me that I will be kidnapped. I and my friends will stay back at home but we really wanted to go to school then… Then Radio School changed everything for us… I listen to it in school and days when I don’t go to school, I stay at home and still listen to it… I feel like I don’t miss anything again because Radio School gave me the opportunity to study whether at home or in school…”
Those were the words of 15-year old Maryjane, one of the beneficiaries of the project in Adamawa state. In Northeast of Nigeria, school children like Maryjane could not attend school because of the fear of being taken away by bandits. The classroom which was supposed to be a safe space for learning became a place where children feared the most.
From research findings, South Saharan Social Development (SSDO) discovered that almost every home especially in the northern part of the country owns a radio. With this, SSDO embarked on a journey of ensuring that school children in conflict settings can have access to quality education without being afraid either within the four walls of a classroom or anywhere else. It all started in 2015 with one idea; making curriculum-based lessons available on radio.