School resumption: NGO unveils library project for FCT rural schools
An Abuja based NGO, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, yesterday, kicked off its "Adopt a Library Initiative" with a donation of a book filled shelve to the Local Education Authorithy, primary school in Dutse-Alhaji area of the FCT
The initiative which is part of the scholarship scheme of the foundation, is aimed at bridging the gap between urban and rural schools in the teritorry.
Donating the shelve to the school management, President of the foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted teaching and learning for students globally, most especially students in rural communities who do not have access to online learning platforms.
Dr. Ahmadu who spoke through the Chief Operating Officer of Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Mrs. Funmi Ajare, said Nigerians must collectively commit to supporting students in rural communities by providing resources to stimulate their interest in learning.
"With the support of friends and partners, we will be reaching more vulnerable students with books, computers, internet facilities and other learning materials."
Recieving the books on behalf of the school, the Head Mistress of LEA Primary School, Dutse-Alhaji, Mrs. Adebomi Ajoke, appreciated the efforts of Helpline Foundation and promised to put the Library to good use.
She however regreted that the school may face some challenges when schools finally reopens because of its high student population. He said achieving social distancing among pupils, may be difficult due to the shortage of chairs among other shortages of protective equipment prescribed for school resumption.
Dr. Jummai Ahmadu had earlier told a world conference that since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation has explored the gap regarding technology integration between urban and rural schools in the territory.
"And in our exploration we are guided by two main questions: Is there any significant difference in terms of technology availability between rural and urban elementary schools?; and Is there any significant difference in terms of students’ attitudes, competence and experiences in technology integration between rural and urban elementary schools?
"Our findings show that there was a significant difference in technology availability between rural andurban schools, including the number of interactive white-boards, desktops in labs, notebooks, netbooks, and tablet-computers. There was also a difference in teacher overall high-tech integration level between rural and urban schools.