Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said the state must embrace technological avenues to sustain learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The governor made this known on Monday while unveiling 5,000 transistor radios and 5,000 face masks donated by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials at the State House, Marina.
The equipment would be distributed across the state, especially in the hard-to-reach areas and riverine areas.
According to a statement by the government, Sanwo-Olu said, “What COWLSO is donating this morning is to improve and enhance the learning capability of the children and so we are excited that they have been able to put this together for the students.
“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 and so this part of adaptability and innovation has to come to learning.
“What we are doing now is as much as possible, 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.”
Schools had been shut in the state since March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The state Ministry of Education had since encouraged online learning while the government maintained that schools remained closed in the state which has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 infections and associated deaths in the country.