The Learn English Audio Pilot in Nigeria (LEAPIN) was an initiative of British Council that helped no/low resource schools gain access to quality English learning materials delivered via solar powered ruggedized MP3 recorder units. These audio units contained lower grade primary songs and stories, lesson plans and phonics which were mapped to the Nigerian curriculum.
The pilot phase of this project was carried out in Kwara and Jigawa State. We 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 was 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
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