The Learn English Audio Pilot in Nigeria (LEAPIN) is an initiative of British Council to help no/low resource schools have access to quality English learning materials delivered via solar powered ruggedized MP3 recorder units.  These audio units contain lower grade primary songs and stories, lesson plans and phonics which have been mapped to the Nigerian curriculum.

The pilot phase of this project was carried out in Kwara and Jigawa State. We have partnered with Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) with the support of Kwara State Universal Education Board and Jigawa State Universal Education Board to train 600 state school teachers on the appropriate methodology, content navigation and the technical aspect of these units.

The monitoring and evaluation of the project is being carried out by the Open University.


‘The MP3 audio players can guide the teacher if they want to teach a particular topic. The pupils are learning more because they can hear the sounds; correct pronunciations, hear the stories and the songs.’ Mr Yusuf Saidu, Head teacher, Kargo School, Dutse, Jigawa State

‘The audio units can be effectively used in schools where there is no electricity as we have been taught how to charge it using the winding up instrument and the solar energy.’ Mrs M.A Owolabi, Head teacher, St Andrew School, Ilorin, Kwara State.

‘The contents are suitable aids to assist with teaching and the pupils are very eager to listen and it makes lessons very interesting’. Mohammed Hawawu, Teacher, Kwara State.

‘From what we have seen in the schools so far, we are highly impressed with the level of enthusiasm in the teachers. This reflects on the way the pupils were also participating in the activities. ‘Philip Adigun, Education Quality Specialist ESSPIN, Kwara State.

'The audio player is easy to use and simple to operate. It also helps English teachers and learners to learn easily and perfectly.' Garba Adamu – teacher Kashin Dila Primary School, Jigawa State

Partner with us

If you would like to partner with us on the Learn English Audio Project in Nigeria (LEAPIN), please contact us on 08069005871, +23414603090-99, or email: Yetunde.oluwatosin@ng.britishcouncil.org