FIRST BANK Nigeria Limited has announced partnership with government and other stakeholders to provide access to e-learning solutions to children across the country.
The bank, in a statement, said the initiative is to support students and minimize the disruption to education resulting from schools’ closure following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“This is following the activation of the bank’s Business Continuity Process and subsequent deployment of safety initiatives and measures implemented across its business outlets nationwide, to help flatten the curve and ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff customers and other stakeholders”, the bank said.
Announcing the initiative, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Dr. Adeduntan stated: “We are working with the states, United Nations Global Compact; innovative technology firms such as Robert & John to provide e-learning solution with the government approved curriculum for students across the country. The roll out begins first week in April starting with Lagos State where FirstBank will support the roll out of Roducate which has been adjudged a best fit solution by educators, teachers and all necessary authorities.
“This solution has the full curriculum on both the online and offline versions with the offline version of particular interest as it eliminates the challenge posed by data affordability.”
“We call on well-meaning organisations and individuals to join us and collectively rise to address the challenges this current pandemic presents to our children and youth and are reaching out to other organisations with complementary solutions to also partner on this initiative for the youth who are our future. They must not be lost in this pandemic.”
A statement sent by the state’s Ministry of Education spokesperson, Kayode Abayomi, stated that the devices are “efficient and fit for purpose for all students especially indigent students given the fact that data consumption of most e-learning solutions has been a major stumbling block for majority of students and teachers alike.”
Abayomi added that there is also the online option via subscription for those who have devices already and can simply sign on.
He also chronicled efforts put into that.
“In searching for the best fit solution, several options were considered by educators and teachers from the State and First Bank over the last couple of weeks before adjudging Roducate the offering from Robert & John an innovative technology firm to be the best of all reviewed.
“A lot of work has clearly gone into ensuring students will not be disadvantaged during these difficult times as the curriculum is complete and the presentations extremely engaging with extra options such as lessons in audio if using the online format.”