Nigeria Learning Passport reaches one million users – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that the Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP) has achieved a significant milestone, reaching one million subscribers. This achievement represents a major step forward in improving educational access across Nigeria.

UNICEF highlighted in a press statement on Tuesday, that the digital learning platform, initially launched to support continued education during the COVID-19 pandemic, has now become a crucial tool for delivering quality and uninterrupted education to children nationwide.

The NLP is a collaborative initiative involving UNICEF, the Federal and State Ministries of Education, and key partners such as Microsoft, Airtel, IHS Towers, Sony, the Botnar Foundation, and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

The platform provides over 15,000 curriculum-aligned educational resources, including interactive lessons, digital textbooks, and self-paced learning modules, catering to students from primary to secondary education levels, as well as resources for teachers and parents.

Ms. Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Nigeria Representative, emphasized that achieving one million subscribers on the NLP demonstrates a collective commitment to ensuring all children in Nigeria have access to quality education, regardless of their circumstances.

“This platform is bridging the educational gap and offering opportunities for children to learn and succeed, especially in remote and underserved areas,” Munduate stated.

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The NLP has played a crucial role in mitigating the educational disruptions caused by the pandemic, natural disasters, and attacks on schools, ensuring that children can continue learning in a safe and supportive environment. Its user-friendly design has made it widely accessible.

Munduate also mentioned that an offline capability will soon be launched, enabling learners with limited internet access to use the platform, thereby further enhancing educational inclusivity.

Key features of the NLP include a comprehensive curriculum covering core subjects like Mathematics, Science, English, and Social Studies, available in English, Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. The platform also offers interactive learning through videos, quizzes, and activities, is free to use, and provides data-free usage on an Airtel SIM Card. Additionally, it allows students to download content for offline study and offers resources for teachers to enhance their instructional methods.

UNICEF acknowledged the vital contributions of its partners to the success of the Nigeria Learning Passport. The organization praised Airtel for providing data services, IHS for supporting connectivity, Microsoft for the platform’s infrastructure, Sony and Botnar for funding the platform’s development, and GPE for financial support in setting up the platform and building teacher capacity.

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UNICEF Nigeria committed to ongoing collaboration with the Federal and State Ministries of Education and other partners to expand the reach of the Nigeria Learning Passport and enhance its content to meet the evolving needs of learners.

This milestone is seen as a significant step towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all. UNICEF remains dedicated to fostering a brighter future for every child through education and innovation.

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