Covid-19: UNICEF partners SUBEB on radio, TV programmes for children
From Sule Aliyu Bauchi
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun radio and TV education programmes across Bauchi State after closure of schools due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The home-based learning targeted 1,694,375 pupils in basic classes.
While speaking at the launch of the initiative on Wednesday, the UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Bauchi, Mr. Bhanu Pathak said, as the UN agency for the promotion and protection of the rights of children, UNICEF is collaborating with government and other partners to fulfill its primary responsibility of ensuring that children continue with their education during the COVID-19-induced schools’ closure as well as a safe return to school when the situation is over.
Pathak, while delivering his speech, said the programme was supported by USAID and partnership with Bauchi State Universal Basic Education and the state owned broadcast media –Bauchi Radio Corporation and Bauchi Television Authority who would broadcast the lessons through their community stations.
He said: “Since schools have been shut down in the state as result of COVID-19, millions of school children and their staff at all levels are currently staying home.
“With the indefinite closure of schools, not only are children missing out on education, which is a fundamental human right, children are being exposed to more risks of educational set back such as examination failure; and have also been uprooted from their schools where they could have been taught and sensitised on COVID-19 prevention and stemming its spread.”
He said master trainers are from the state colleges of education, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi and Bauchi State Polytechnic respectively.