MultiChoice Nigeria has donated 10 digital learning aids to schools in Enugu state after it initially gifted them seven. The video entertainment company said the gesture was part of its corporate social investment initiative, dubbed the MultiChoice Resource Centre (MRC) project. The items included TV set, DStv Explora, decoder, satellite dish, a power generating set, uninterrupted power system (UPS), sets of chairs and tables for the laboratory use and other equipment. MultiChoice said the items would give the students access to educational TV channels that include Discovery, National Geographic, History Channel, ED and Mindset, at no cost to the beneficiary schools.
The project, introduced to improve the knowledge levels and understanding of technical subject areas by students, is in its twelfth year and has been launched in 363 schools in 31 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja.
Speaking Enugu State Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eze, thanked MultiChoice for returning to Enugu State to launch more resource centres.
“I appreciate MultiChoice for their timely intervention through the establishment of technology-driven educational MultiChoice Resource Centres, making it 17 in the state. Bringing television to the classroom is a commendable, creative and innovative way of adding value to teaching and learning. It is a paradigm shift that enables students manage their own learning under the guidance of the teacher. The government of Enugu State appreciates this gesture and like Oliver Twist, we ask for more to be able to reach the unreached. We are ready to do all that is necessary for
more schools to benefit from this laudable project” Eze stated.
Caroline Oghuma, public relations manager, DStv, said MultiChoice launched the project with a view to improving the standard of education in public schools in the country primarily, and to give back to its host community. “MultiChoice as a company believes that improving the standard of education of its host community is one of the ways by which the company, as a socially-responsible organization can give back to the community. We have a strong conviction that the technological, economic, and socio-political advancement of any country and her future are intrinsically tied to the quality of education that the youth are exposed to.
She also pointed out that MultiChoice will soon launch the resource centres in Jigawa and Zamfara States.