By Funmi Ogundare
The President of the Association of Formidable Educators (AFED), Emmanuel Kanu Orji, appealed to the federal government to consider the association's effort, increasing its morale in the quest to complement the country's effort to achieve the SDG 4 enshrined in the United Nations. policy document.
Orji, who was answering questions about the challenges that prevented the association from offering online classes to its students, regretted that the federal government has made no effort to acknowledge its contribution to the process of educating a large population of schoolchildren the low income household that would have contributed to the high and growing number of people who are out of school.
He told THISDAY that the association wrote to the federal government through the Ministry of Education, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Micro Finance Banks (MFB), among others, adding that there has been no response to date.
“As you may recall, AFED is an umbrella body for low-cost schools that serves school-age children from low-income families in Nigeria. Today, our association is responsible for the education of more than 40% of school-age children currently in a private school or across the federation. This is one of the most difficult moments in recent history ”, he emphasized.
Orji, who is the owner of Rockford School, Ikorodu, Lagos, said the association is showing some unprecedented level of resilience against the global pandemic, adding that the use of technology in its various low-cost schools is in a low profile.
“Low-cost schools are really operating on a very low budget and cannot afford what we can consider the luxury of technology. If this is available in small numbers, the student's final side will not be readily available. The technology is for complete use. There must be gadgets to help people stay connected. "
He lamented that parents can hardly pay the small charges in the form of fees, let alone buy luxury household items.
The president said a survey by the association showed that more than 40% of parents or relatives have smart phones, adding that they trained more than 1,300 educators in different online learning / education applications.
“The training is still in progress. Ms. Esther Oluwatoyin Akingbade, who leads the technical team in the supply, demonstrated a high level of commitment and the result was tremendous.
“All of this is to complement the government effort that provided lessons transmitted electronically to our homes via television and radio
"Despite all these efforts, there are houses where they remain illusory due to factors that are common knowledge of local Nigerian communities, such as the supply of electricity and internet services," emphasized Orji.