The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), through the EKOEXCEL program, has stepped up its public awareness campaign ahead of the new school term in January 2022, with the goal of increasing enrolment, reducing the number of out-of-school children in line with the state government’s “Leave No Child Behind Policy,” and boosting academic excellence in Lagos public schools.
The campaign also attempted to educate parents and communities about the value of education, as well as connect individuals to the government’s economic growth objective through educational reform. On billboards, street light banners, radio jingles, TV interviews, and commercials, as well as social media engagements with renowned influencers, the program and its goals are promoted.
This latest public awareness effort follows recent enrollment exercises with local community leaders and influencers, including Nollywood celebrities, in ten local government and local council development zones.
Wahab Alawiye-King, the Executive Chairman of LASUBEB, said the awareness campaign was in fulfilment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s promise of quality education to all Lagos students, as outlined in his THEMES agenda.
He said: “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is very passionate about basic education and his dream is to reduce the number of out-of-school children to the minimum while deploying the latest technology for instruction in schools. We cannot afford to fail in the task he has entrusted into our care, hence our effort to make Lagosians know more about EKOEXCEL and its benefits.”
Adebayo Adefuye, a Permanent Board Member of LASUBEB and the oversight chair of the EKOEXCEL program, also spoke out, emphasizing the importance of persuading parents and guardians who have yet to enrol their children in government schools to do so since they will receive quality education.
“Our public schools in Lagos are now at par with their private counterparts, so there’s no need to keep children at home while looking for money to pay their fees in private schools. Public schools, particularly those in EKOEXCEL have e-learning devices, so parents, guardians, please enrol your children in our schools. You won’t regret it. Education is the future and the present administration recognises that hence the massive investments in it,” Adefuye said.
In 2019, Sanwo-Olu developed EKOEXCEL to deliver high-quality education to both the rich and the disadvantaged, as well as to up-skill instructors through the use of technology. Over 12,000 headteachers and teachers have been trained to use tablets and revised curriculum to transition from analogue to digital teaching.
The project has enlisted the help of almost 14,000 primary school teachers from 1,009 public primary schools.
In Lagos State elementary schools, the education reform initiative has made significant progress in improving the teacher-pupil interaction experience through technology (eLearning).
Teachers’ tablets were preloaded with courses and content that could be efficiently monitored for standardisation throughout all of Lagos’ 1,009 public elementary schools, boosting uniformity and rigorous adherence to the curriculum.