In every major global upheaval, the most vulnerable and worst affected are women and children. The coronavirus pandemic is no exception. 1.5 billion children across the globe have been affected by school closure which has halted their educational development. The closure of schools was implemented in line with the measures such as social distancing and lockdown which were put in place to contain the virus. Without a doubt, this has resulted in the hindrance of their education and other formative activities.
To flatten the curve, schools in major cities across the country have closed indefinitely. And while almost everyone is concerned about the impact of the lockdown on the economy, Nigeria’s first generation bank, FirstBank, also has its eyes on the impact of the crisis on the education of students in Nigeria. As a result, FirstBank is set to help educate 1 million children during the lockdown and beyond.
With a view to forging more impactful partnerships, FirstBank has already entered into three strategic partnerships with innovative technology firms to provide e-learning solutions to students.
To support the project, Robert & John is offering Roducate, a platform, with a government accredited curriculum and contents ranging from primary to selected tertiary level. Roducate is available both online and offline (on preloaded devices) for those with limited or no access to the internet, making for a revolutionary e- learning experience.
With IBM, the partnership offers the Digital-Nation Africa program, an online youth-focused learning program that enables innovation and skills development on emerging technologies through focus areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Cloud, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Data Science and Analytics, and Cybersecurity.
Also, in the partnership with Curious Learning, there are academic contents for students in pre-school and early learning stage, aged 3-8, using fun, self-guided learning apps to help them with their cognitive skills at a fundamental level.
These partnerships are promising and inspiring of confidence, however, FirstBank is extending a hand of collaboration to Individuals/Organisations interested in fostering the education of Nigerian children through innovative ideas, platforms and other resources, so that the impact of the global pandemic does not disrupt it.
The leading concern for Nigeria’s oldest leading Bank is the country’s people first, and in this case, FirstBank is determined to drive 1 million Nigerian students, to ensure that they are not left behind while the world scrambles to get back into shape.
To sign up as a partner, please visit https://www.firstbanknigeria.com/e-learning for more information.