MultiChoice Donates 22 Digital Resource Centres To Ogun State

By Mimi Ucheagwu

MultiChoice Nigeria, leading provider of video entertainment services, has once again demonstrated its commitment to enhancing education in Nigeria with its resource center intervention, through the donation of digital learning aids to 22 schools in Ogun State.

The intervention, a corporate social investment (CSI) initiative dubbed the MultiChoice Resource Centre (MRC) project, involves the provision of a TV set, DStv Explora decoder, satellite dish, a power generating set, uninterrupted power system (UPS), sets of chairs and tables for the laboratory, and other equipment, avails students access to educational TV channels that include: Discovery World, Channel ED, National Geographic, History Channel and Mindset, at no cost to the beneficiary schools.

The project, introduced to improve the knowledge levels and understanding of technical subject areas by students, is in its twelfth year and has been launched in 363 schools in 31 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The 22 beneficiary schools in Ogun State are; Abeokuta Girls' Grammar School, Abeokuta, African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta (Jnr.), Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode, Ansarudeen Comprehensive College, Ota, Baptist Boys' High School, Abeokuta, Makun High School, Sagamu, Odogbolu Grammar School, Odogbolu, Owode High School, Egba Owode, Our Lady of Apostles, Ijebu Ode, Yewa College Ilaro others include; Multilateral Grammar School(JNR) , Okunowa, Ikenne Community High School(SNR), Ikenne, Ijebu-Ode Grammar School(JNR), Ijebu-Ode, Community Grammar School, Owu-Ikija(SNR), Oronna High School(SNR), Ilaro, N.U.D Grammar School(JNR),Solu, Government Science and Technical College, Igbesa, Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro(SNR), Asero High School, Asero(SNR), Asero, Agunbiade Victory High School(SNR), Magbon, St Peter’s College, Abeokuta and St. Peter’s Catholic Private College, Abeokuta.

While expressing appreciation to MultiChoice Nigeria for donating the resource centres to the state, Ogun State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota said the resource centre will make teaching and learning interesting, delightful and empowering.

The Commissioner who noted that MultiChoice resource centres donation is an endorsement of youth oriented initiatives in educational development in the state, charged principals, teachers and students of beneficiary schools to use the facility to upgrade their academic performance in the state. “I charge beneficiary schools to ensure that this gift contributes immensely to an upgrade in academic performance in various examinations, especially the school certificate examination” she remarked.

Mrs Mujota who urged other corporate bodies to emulate the kind gesture of MultiChoice, appealed to beneficiary schools to make maintenance their watch word; “this equipment must never be allowed to be in misuse and we urge corporate bodies to emulate MultiChoice by providing educational materials that would give our children free, affordable and qualitative education” she said.

Ms Efe Obiomah who represented John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, said MultiChoice launched the project with a view to improving the standard of education in public schools in the country primarily, and to give back to its host community.

“The MultiChoice Resource Centre project is our way of promoting the use of integrated and communication technologies to raise the standard of education by deploying the imagery of sight, and the power of sound, to make learning more vivid, creative and memorable. “

“MultiChoice as a company believes that improving the standard of education of its host community is one of the ways by which the company, a socially-responsible organization, can create value for the community. We have a strong conviction that the technological, economic, and socio-political advancement of any country and her future are intrinsically tied to the quality of education that the youth are exposed to. MultiChoice intends to take the learning resource centres to all the states of the federation,” she explained.

She also pointed out that MultiChoice will soon spread the resource centres to all the states in the Nigeria.

The MRC project, which is MultiChoice’s core corporate social investment in the education sector, started in 2004 with launches in Abuja and Lagos state.