A Kaduna-based renowned businesswoman and chairperson of the Bintaliya Group and Bintaliya First Foundation, Hajia Binta Hamidu, popularly known as Bintaliya, has outlined some of the steps that can be taken to address the deteriorating education situation in the North and the country as a whole.
Hajia Bintalya made the remarks during an interview on Liberty Television and Radio.
Hajia described education as the essence of human life, adding that education is the bedrock of knowledge that can benefit oneself and the rest of the world.
While emphasising the importance of teaching children computer-skills so that they can benefit themselves and society as a whole in the future. Bintaliya disclosed thay she has been teaching children computer-based curriculum in various fields for almost 20 years.
According to her, “If the Government and other education stakeholders wiill focus on providing our children in schools with modern and affordable educational materials
it could have mitigated the challenges of education they are faced with, especially as a result of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With the help of computers at home, students can easily access education through government-sponsored software, which will not slow down the education sector as we see it now.
Because of the difficulties caused by the outbreak of covid 19, the Bintalya First Foundation said it created a special programme called: ‘Safe School Initiative’, which is a special programme through which we go to various neighborhoods and homes to distribute excercise books to children so that while they are staying at home as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, they can use the the education materials.
“And many parents do not have the means to teach their children a special lesson at home or to pay for it to be taught at home as a result of Covid- 19 lockdown, which is why our foundation has spent millions of money to implement this programme”, adding that even the World Trade Organization President, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, praised their initiative during her visit to Nigeria last week.
The renowned businesswoman emphasised that, “While the help of an organisations like ours in this country may not reach all those in need, however as long as the governors of our northern region focus on sponsoring the initiative, especially in the area of compulsory use of computers and gadgets with the provision of modern day equipments, then insha’Allah, there will be progress”, adding that “this will put an end to the long-standing backwardness of our northern region, and Nigeria at all.