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UNICEF’s GenU to provide continuing education even in a pandemic – Hawkins

By Ifeanyi Nwoko

The Generation Unlimited initiative, a program promoted by the United Nations in partnership with Nigeria, will help ensure continued education even in the event of a pandemic.

The country’s representative, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Peter Hawkins said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

Hawkins said a major pillar of the Generation Unlimited program is digitizing learning for young people.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the project is a UNICEF initiative to reach 1.8 billion young people, with 20 million Nigerian young people also being targeted.

Hawkins noted that educational disruptions similar to those seen in 2020 could be avoided by using digital means to educate young people.

“Whether we have a pandemic or not, learning should be an ongoing function inside and outside the classroom, with and without technology.

“The disruption in education is what happened in 2020, and possibly 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 be the pioneer of. Microsoft has developed all of these packages that will become available for free on the platform so that people can take these courses and get recognition for it.

“All of these things are an integral part of efforts to intensify and develop lifelong learning for young people so that they can acquire skills, literacy, numeracy, negotiation skills and life skills,” he said. -he declares.

He said that a major pillar in the development of Nigeria’s 20 million young people will be digitization and technology.

According to him, the idea is to better equip young people in the use of various digital platforms for learning and employability.

“What we’re saying is that with a skill that young people can offer and a skill that is necessary for everything we do, it’s digital skills.

“They can break through the technical barriers that some of us feel and become a driving force to expose technology in the workplace and in learning,” he said.

He commended Nigeria for responding effectively, especially through radio and other digital communication mechanisms at the height of the pandemic. (NAA)

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