MultiChoice, in partnership with SchoolNet (a non-profit organisation of stakeholders in education), have deployed the use of digital television set as a learning tool in public schools.
This is in line with organizations’ commitment to the effective use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for enhancing teaching, learning and management processes in Nigerian schools, state Ministries of Education and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (NEPAD) e-schools programme
The digital platform is being leveraged into a powerful learning tool benefitting thousands across the length and breadth of the country. This MultiChoice Resource Centre project, which began in 2004, is already in its sixth phase with a total of 141 resources centres launched in public secondary schools across 14 states of the federation, Oyo and Sokoto being the latest beneficiaries kick-starting the sixth phase.
MultiChoice Nigeria also provides training and support for teachers so that they can integrate the available content into teaching programmes to benefit all the children in their care.
Lined up in the sixth phase are: Oyo State, which was launched in September; Sokoto State, launched in October; Borno and Delta states, to be launched at a date yet to be announced. Lagos and Abuja were pioneer beneficiaries of the resource centres with four and three centres respectively. Kaduna and Enugu states had seven centres apiece in the phase two while the third, fourth and fifth phases included Cross-River, Kano (2007), Abia, Ekiti, Katsina and Bauchi (2008), Ogun, Gombe, Rivers and Kogi (2008/09) where 10 centres were donated apiece to the states.
It will be recalled that MultiChoice, opened shop in 1994 with an array of channels on its bouquets aimed at taking entertainment to another level. The company, in 2004, introduced a specially developed bouquet of seven learning channels for secondary schools with the aim of helping to revamp teaching and learning processes as well as broadening the horizon and spectra of experiential learning by equipping these schools with audio-visual equipment through which the education bouquet can be accessed.
Joseph Hundah, managing director, MultiChoice Nigeria, said that “the channels, made available to beneficiary schools at no cost, provide a rich and varied learning environment that encourages exploration and brings subject-matter to life. They provide reference and serve as a means of explaining concepts visually, noting that these resources were hitherto unavailable to these schools." He added that the channels are customised to learning and have been developed bearing in mind the learning needs and curricula of secondary school grade pupils.
Hundah said TV is still considered a drastically under-utilised teaching tool in a country like ours with the highest prevalence of urgent and otherwise unmet education needs, which to optimise the advantages of this technology, stakeholders in the education sector would have to put in place a system to guarantee the sustainability of such laudable projects as the MultiChoice Resource Centre.
According to him, It is no gainsaying that TV has come to stay as an effective disseminator of knowledge, shaper of attitudes, and motivator of recommended actions, with effective collaboration between MultiChoice Nigeria, SchoolNet, Government agencies and well-meaning Nigerians, TV will continue to be used in documented ways to bring about measured gains in the thinking skills of both the teacher and the student.
It will be recalled that the late premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in 1959, at the launch of Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) had said: "Television will serve as a teacher and entertainer and a stimulus to us all to transform Nigeria into a modern and prosperous nation."
It was the first time television was coming to the country. Not many people were aware of the potentials of TV as a tool for development then. 50 years after the inauguration of TV in the country, it has not stopped being a tool for national socio-political and economic development.
Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations
Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).
This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.
Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.
Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.
The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.
“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.
He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.
“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”
Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.
Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.
“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission
“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed
FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.
The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.
The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.
The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.
The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.
According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”
“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”
Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.
The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”
OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria
OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.
OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.
Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”
OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.
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