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12m Nigerian children gets increased access to education

The Federal Government and UNICEF have unveiled the Nigerian Learning Passport, an online and offline learning system designed to promote continuity and the resilience of the education system in the face of future shocks.

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said at the event in Abuja on Thursday that Nigeria must employ innovations that rethink current methodology and establish new approaches to delivering education in ways that overcome the digital divide.

Professor Osinbajo, who was represented by Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated that NLP is intended for pre-primary, primary, and secondary school students and that children, youth, and teachers can access a digitalized curriculum.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins, explained that a learner can register on the platform using any device that has a web browser or using the NLP mobile application to gain access to a selection of high-quality resources.

He stated that Nigeria has joined 20 other countries worldwide where the Learning Passport is reaching children and enhancing learning chances.

Prior to COVID-19, over 10.5 million Nigerian children aged 5 to 14 were not enrolled in school. More than 9.7 million children are at risk of never returning to school, according to UNICEF.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Marian Benjamin and Saadatu Albashir