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Slum2School Virtual Learning Classroom Program
Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, many children across Africa stopped learning as they no longer had access to their classroom and schools where education is usually being delivered. This disengagement had the potential to set-them back academically by years.
From the multiple surveys we conducted, we realized that many children are not opportune to get formal education and even those in schools now are at the risk of dropping out even when schools reopen as a result of months off the classroom, loss of interest in education, and various social and economic barriers. Schools infrastructure is continuously limited with the growing population of young people and if we must ensure that millions of African children learn even with the apparent challenges, we need to start embracing virtual learning in form of blended learning.
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Slum2School uses state-of-the-art virtual learning classroom technology to provide a wholesome learning experience for out-of-school children across several underserved communities in Nigeria, providing and connecting them with learning devices, learning management systems and connectivity to a state of the art virtual classroom. Learning devices have preloaded content, a learning management system and can also be connected to the virtual classroom when theres a full class activity.
At Slum2school Africa, we believe that the future of education is digital, hence our sustainability model for this program, is simply replicating the design and setup of the first Virtual Learning studio for schools, institutions etc across various countries. Providing customized learning devices with fit for purpose pre loaded and easily updatable digital learning content.
The virtual learning classroom is the first of its kind in Africa and it is an interactive digital classroom which can host thousands of learners at the same time and this would help reduce the risk of young school children contracting the virus and also bring about efficiency in school management processes.
A total of 1050 learners have been enrolled into the program from over 15 communities in Nigeria.
Beneficiaries from this program were classified into beginners, intermediate and advanced, and they were assessed based on their literacy levels, numeracy levels and social habits.
From our assessment, it was deduced that students in the beginners category have improved by 63.1% in literacy, 65.8% in Numeracy & 72.2% in social habits while sustainability in learning amidst school closure was at 87%. For the learners in the intermediate category, it was deduced that they have improved by 74% in literacy, 68.4% in Numeracy & 81.4% in social habits. The Learners in the Advanced category
were found to have improved by 58.1% in Literacy, 61% in Numeracy & 68% in social habits.
While the academic impacts are very visible we have noticed a record increase in the interest in learning by 92%. The increase in digital skills had increased across levels from an average of 35% to 78% with learners now proficient in CISCO networking, Microsoft office, basic programing etc.
Besides this communication with learners have improved and counsellors now find it easy to address and intervene in possible cases of abuse which has reduced the occurrence of abuse across communities.
Mentorship sessions which connect learners to industry experts, public figures and celebrities across the world have now been easily accessible and a lot of social behavioral improvement is being recorded.
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