We Want to Revolutionize Education Delivery – Muyiwa Bamgbose Featured

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Muyiwa Bamgbose, CEO of the Educational Advancement Centre Muyiwa Bamgbose, CEO of the Educational Advancement Centre

Mr Muyiwa Bamgbose, the CEO of the Educational Advancement Centre, in this interview with Adam Alqali, speaks about his Centre’s School on Air (SOA) project; an e-school partnership between the EAC, Byteplus Limited and Nakura International Limited

Tell us more about the School on Air (SOA) project?

School-On-Air (SOA) is an intervention project to improve the quality of education, by providing alternative source of instruction for students which could either be used for flipped learning, where the students use it in preparing for lessons or in reinforcing/reviewing what has been learnt or even in compensating for the absence of a teacher. The whole journey started around 2006 when we introduced pre-SSCE, an external mock examination for SSCE students. Our analysis of the results of several years made us to conclude that the poor performance is mainly from teacher source. This is based on our observation of the variation in performance from school to school.

We went on to introduce Mobilearn, an online e-learning platform which was quite good but patronage was not encouraging enough to us. The efforts on Mobilearn earned me personally a ranking as number 9 in the work on eLearning in 2012. Therefore, we introduced School on Air in 2013 when we started broadcasting via Satellite Free to air television first on Amos 5 KU and later Intelsat 20. Due to popular demand and as a means of generating funds for sustainability of the station, we started selling the Mobile videos for distribution to tablets and mobile phones.

 

Tell us about your partnership with Byteplus Limited and Nakura International Limited

Byteplus is a major ICT company that has been a partner to Educational Advancement Centre (EAC) for many years. It was through Byteplus that we got introduced to Nakura International Limited, as a worthy representative in the vast terrain of northern Nigeria.

 

How effective is the School on Air (SOA) since it doesn't allow for a teacher-student physical interaction?

While SOA does not allow physical interaction with teachers, it has other ways of assuring interactivity. There are provisions for assessments on the School on Air website with banks of questions from WAEC and NECO. School on Air also uses a WhatsApp group for interaction with teachers and even among students. Every student that registers for the use of the Mobile video is invited to the WhatsApp group.

 

You are into a partnership with Nakura International to promote the School on Air concept of learning in Northern Nigeria, how do you hope to use that opportunity to enhance access to quality education in the region, especially since the region is facing serious educational challenges?

Secondary education is a major bottleneck in the Nigerian educational sector and has been a barrier to millions of students. We believe that the partnership with Nakura International will bring this revolutionary tool to the doorstep of millions. We are also aware of the dearth of teachers in the north and hope to use this vehicle to bring the teachers to the beck and call of the students. We are also looking forward to experiments in designing "satellite schools" that will depend less on brick and mortar and teachers to one that will use modern gadgets to change the face of education in a changed world.

 

Now, how affordable is the School on Air learning tools?

Our main focus is the content actually which is priced at N2, 000 per month for 8 subjects. That is a lot cheaper than any other effective model. We also invite thousands of people to become "Edupreneurs", vending education to a needy audience. The mobile videos are designed to be physically distributed by foot soldiers that are marketers and can make a living out of the process as against using Internet which is expensive and erratic in a major part of our communities.

 

 

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