The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, has donated 5,000 transistor radios, 5,000 face masks and an undisclosed amount of money to boost the State response to COVID-19 and improve pupils and students access to educational contents.
The items which were jointly donated by COWLSO and the Office of the Lagos State First Lady were handed over to the Ministry of Education after being unveiled by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
They are to be distributed across the State, especially in the hard-to-reach areas.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu who commended COWLSO for the gesture, noted that it would enhance access to educational contents on radio moreso, when schools are physically not operating for now.
“I understand that this is the first batch, others will come in, this is a new norm and so we need to adapt to the new realities of where we found ourselves, learning can be done offsite and so it is just something to make our children get themselves busy, have a tool, have an app, have a phone and have a radio and whatever it means to communicate such that at the agreed time and in the comfort of their learning environment, they can tune in, they can listen, they can take notes, they can interact and be in tune,” the Governor said.
On her part, the wife of the Governor and COWLSO Chairperson, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said the gesture was borne out of the desire to ensure that no child is left behind in the access to quality education in the State, while the 5,000 face masks and the cash donation would help to ease the burden of parents and guardians and the students.
According to her, during the first phase of the lockdown, COWLSO distributed food items, hand sanitizers and other things, and these new set of assistance was to ease the worries about the education of children who have not been going to school because of the pandemic.
“In this new normal, Ministry of Education has gone ahead to improve on e-learning, loading the Nigerian curriculum on to some platforms and in a bid to reach out to more students in the rural and riverine areas numbering about 200,000 across Lagos State in the primary and Secondary schools in Ibeju Lekki, Epe, Ikorodu, Badagry, Agege, among others, COWLSO is coming on board to assist with transistor radios so that our students will have access to educational programmes on radio” She said.
She urged corporate organizations, religious bodies and NGOs to come to the aid of the children by joining hands with government to play up education with the view to engender a better future for students in the State.
While thanking teachers for the time invested in education, she charged students to reciprocate the efforts of government to scale up their education by coming out with better grades.
Earlier, Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo announced that the Ministry was working on establishing a Radio Station that would be solely dedicated to education to expand time for airing of educational contents and improve access to learning.