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UNICEF’s GenU will ensure continuous education even in pandemics — Hawkins

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The Generation Unlimited initiative, a programme being promoted by the United Nations in partnership with Nigeria, will help ensure continuous education even in a pandemic.
By Ifeanyi Nwoko
The Generation Unlimited initiative, a programme being promoted by the United Nations in partnership with Nigeria, will help ensure continuous education even in a pandemic.
The Country Representative, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Peter Hawkins said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Hawkins said that a major pillar of the Generation Unlimited proramme was to digitise learning for young people.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project is an initiative of UNICEF to reach 1.8 billion young people, with 20 million Nigerian youths also being targeted.
Hawkins noted that similar disruptions to education as witnessed in 2020 could be averted utilising digital means to educate young people.
“Whether we have a pandemic or not, learning should be a continuous function inside and outside the classroom, with technology and without technology.
“Disruption in education is what happened in 2020, and perhaps what will happen in 2022 if the pandemic is not over.
“There is what is called the learning passport which the ministry of education is going to pioneer. Microsoft has developed all these packages which will become freely available on the platform so that people can do these courses and get recognition for that.
“All these things are part and parcel of trying to scale up and develop continuous learning for young people so that they can come out with the skills, literacy, numeracy, negotiation skills and life skills,” he said.
He said that a major pillar for the development of the 20 million Nigerian youths will be based on digitisation and technology.
According to him, the idea is to make the youth better equipped in the utilisaton of diverse digital platforms for learning and employability.
“What we are saying is that with one skill that young people can offer and one skill that is needed for everything that we do are digital skills.
“They can jump over the technical barriers that some of us feel and become a driving force to bring technology to bare in the workplace and in the area of learning,” he said.
He commended Nigeria for responding effectively, especially through the radio and other digital communication mechanisms during the peak of the pandemic. (NAN)
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