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MultiChoice has launched 10 more resource centres in Kwara State bringing the total number of its resource centres in Nigeria to 181. The commissioning of the audio-visual teaching/learning resource centres in Kwara State is the second in the seventh phase of the project.

About 10 public secondary schools in Kwara State benefitted from the project. Seven of the benefitting schools were chosen from Ilorin metropolis. They include: Queen Elizabeth School, Saint Anthony Grammar School, Ansarul Islam Secondary, Tahoheed Secondary School, Barakat Community Secondary, Government High School, Government Secondary School. Others are: Notre-Dame Girls College, Oro; Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo and Offa Grammar School, Offa.

The MultiChoice Resource Centre project has been launched in 19 States across the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja since inception in 2004. Plans are on to commission the centres in other states that are yet to benefit from the project.

Speaking at the event, Head of Corporate Communications, MultiChoice Nigeria, Segun Fayose, said: 'The MultiChoice Resource Centre is a corporate social investment project aimed at empowering both the teachers and the students with skills in information and communication technologies (ICTs) via the use of a satellite television. We leverage on our expertise to provide audio-visual aid. The beneficiaries will have access to the Special MultiChoice Education Bouquet, which includes: Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC Knowledge, BBC World, History Channel, Animal Planet and Mindset Learn, at no cost. MultiChoice. In addition to its decoder, each school is provided with a DVD recorder, a TV set, a power generating set, tables and chairs, among other accessories.'

Mrs. Ronke Bello, Deputy National Director, SchoolNet Nigeria, the implementing partner to the project, said the state has demonstrated its readiness to move to the next level in educational development by accepting the MultiChoice Resource Centre facilities.

'Fifty of your teachers, five each from the beneficiaries, have been trained as master trainers to help coordinate the centres and train other teachers with a view to ensuring effective use of the facilities. It is our hope that Kwara State will make good use of the facilities, utilize them for the attainment of quality education for our students, as well as protect them from being damaged', she said.

Kwara State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi, thanked MultiChoice and SchoolNet Nigeria for the resource centres. He promised that government will ensure that the facilities are put to effective use.

'The facilities alone will not provide the desired excellence that we aim for if the people handling them do not apply themselves to using them effectively. There must be conscious effort on our part to ensure that we maintain the facilities and utilize them for the purpose for which they were donated. That way, we would have justified the confidence of the donors - MultiChoice Nigeria and SchoolNet Nigeria - in our ability to train our students and achieve the best result possible in every subject area covered.'