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Google highlights YouTube channels for e-learning

Google on Friday, highlighted five YouTube channels for e-learning with schools in Nigeria closed, due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Communication Officer Google, West Africa, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, said in a statement that e-learning had become the new normal and had left many parents stressed as they had to juggle their own work and activities while serving as home teachers for their children.

He said to help parents out, Google had compiled a list of five YouTube channels to help parents teach their children and keep them occupied.

“Binoand Fino is a cartoon series about a brother and sister, duo named Bino and Fino who live with their family in Nigeria.

Ogun Digi Class Channel is an Ogun State Government initiative with contents appealing to both primary and secondary school students. He said that children could learn English, Mathematics, Basic Science, Computer Science, Arts, and Commercial subjects.

Kola-Ogunlade said it was the first of its kind in Nigeria to feature experienced educators from Ogun State sharing their knowledge on different subjects.

Another was Akili and Me, an edutainment channel on fun educational preschool learning videos from across the African continent. Students joined Akili, Happy Hippo, Little Lion and Bush Baby to learn letters, numbers, art, reading, vocabulary skills and more.

According to him, the channel, which is dedicated to toddlers during the COVID-19 pandemic, has over 260, 000 subscribers and also features videos geared toward helping toddlers get a grip on their emotions.

Simone’s Oasis channel is owned by Tonye Faloughi-Ekezie and it was created out of her experience, entertaining her own children – Ugo, a boy and Sim Sim, a girl. Kola-Ogunlade said drawing on what she learned from raising a special-needs child living with Down syndrome, she shared content to help others on their journey.

Açcording to him, some of the entertaining sing-along-videos on the channel include, nursery rhyme mashups, Incy Wincy Spider, Nigeria 36 states, and Eko Bridge.

The fifth channel SokidzTV – is owned by Sceneonetv and it offered a variety of songs and nursery rhymes in English and Yoruba.

He said children could also learn about numbers, the alphabet, colours and other topics that helped with mental development.

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