Nigeria: Agency, Institution to Teach Gombe, Adamawa Children on Radio

Gombe — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), have concluded plans to teach over 500, 000 pupils in Gombe and Adamawa states, through a home-schooling programme tagged, Transactional Radio Instruction (TRI).

The programme which will last for 13 weeks will be conducted through selected radio stations in the two states, under the USAID Strengthening Education in North-East Nigeria (SENSE) project.

The Chief of Party of the SENSE project, Dr Audu Liman, said the programme would run on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week in Hausa language, to help the children fill the gap created by the schools closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said a similar programme was conducted six years ago in Adamawa State during the peak of the insurgency, "which really helped the children, particularly those at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps."

Dr Liman said SENSE was a three-year project funded by the USAID and implemented by the AUN, adding that the TRI programme seeks to bridge the gap in the education sector created by the COVID-19 pandemic, using radio means.

The Gombe State Coordinator of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), Dr Abdullahi Bappah Ahmed, said they were ready to provide support to ensure the smooth implementation of the programme.

Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr Babaji Babadidi described the programme as timely following the COVID-19 pandemic which affected both economic, social and education sectors of the state.

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