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Nigeria Launches ‘Learning Passport’ Scheme, Targeting 12 Million School Children

The project, which is aimed at 12 million schoolchildren, is a joint effort between the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Federal Ministry of Education

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Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga is a graduate of Mass Communication and aspiring investigative journalist.

NIGERIA. Abuja: The ‘Nigeria Learning Passport’ is an online, mobile and soon to be transformed to offline platform where school children of primary schools at all levels and junior secondary schools will have access to quality and affordable education in the country.

The project, which is aimed at 12 million schoolchildren, is a joint effort between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Federal Ministry of Education. It aims to provide learners with easy access to knowledge, whether or not they have access to the internet.

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According to UNICEF Communication Officer Anike Alli-Hakeem, who is responsible for Communication, Advocacy, and Partnerships, more than 9.7 million children in Nigeria are at danger of never returning to school due to insecurity and other related factors.

Alli-Hakeem further noted that prior to the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19), about 10.5 million Nigerian school students aged five to fourteen years lacked access to quality education.

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“Children irrespective of their location be it highly insecurity affected areas, or where the learning facility is not where to be reached will learn comfortably without any hindrances,” Alli-Hakeem noted. 

English language, Hausa language, Igbo language, and Yoruba language are among the courses to be taught, according to Alli-Hakeem. 

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The government would do everything possible to supply modern learning aids to instructors in order to make their jobs easier. Supplementary learning facilities, up-to-date curriculum, and an enabling environment for the scheme to succeed are all things that will be offered.

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