Briton Begins Laptop Revolution In Schools
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A NEW wave of laptop revolution is spreading amongst public primary schools in Lagos. The private initiative project has taken root in two public primary schools to cater for children whose parents fall within the lower social and economic strata of the society.
In the pilot scheme, Kuramo Primary School, Victoria Island and Mainland Primary School, Ijero, Ebute-Meta area of Lagos have been chosen to demonstrate how kids can benefit from laptop usage.
Mrs. Caroline Hall, a Briton, who has lived in Nigeria for 40 years and who was recently given an MBE award by Queen Elizabeth II of England, is the brain behind the computer revolution for children of the downtrodden, whose parents may not be able to afford a personal computer.
Even their schools cannot afford to buy computers or train teachers on its usage.
The computer revolution, which has been christened Laptops 4 Learning Nigeria with the acronym L4L clubhouses, was recently launched in the schools.
There was a fundraising dinner and raffle draw for the project held at Southern Sun, Ikoyi, attended by chairman of L4L Nigeria, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr. Andrew Pocock and his wife; and Mr. Tunde Arogunmati of British/Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, among other dignitaries.
An elated Anyaoku told The Guardian that he was delighted to be part of the drive to make computers available to several kids, whose parents are poor.
The Golden Penny L4L Clubhouse at Kuramo Primary School is sponsored by Flour Mills of Nigeria Ltd, while Leventis Foundation Nigeria is sponsoring the Leventis L4L Clubhouse at Mainland Primary School, Ijero.
CEO/Co-founder of L4L Nigeria, Mr. Femi Davis, said the aim of the initiative is to provide a screen-based technology to primary school teachers and pupils as a learning tool required in the 21st Century. “The organisation’s vision is for every primary school child to be empowered with access to screen-based technology as a personal tool for the country’s social economic, environmental growth and development.”
Davis added that other reasons for bringing computers close to the young ones is that while children of the rich are likely to jet out of Nigeria overseas for greener pastures, those in public schools may likely stay back and develop the country. Hence, the need to be exposed to qualitative education.
Chairman, Leventis Foundation, Bashorun Adebisi Adesanya, said the organisation is supporting the initiative to revolutionise computer usage in public schools in order to catch children’s attention while young because in future there will be no profession without the need of computers to work effectively.
According to Mrs. Hall, it was Mrs. Ria Mastouroudes, a Dutch woman married to a Greek, who assisted in looking for those who are now funding the project.
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