Covid-19: Coca-Cola Grants 30 Nigerian Schools Computer Gear To Boost Virtual Learning

As the world grapples with the final phases of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Coca-Cola Foundation, through its 'Tech Relevant Teacher Project', in partnership with the Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, awarded 30 schools with computer hardware and software accessories to support their learning efforts.

The Tech Relevant Teacher (TRT) project was deployed through the training of school heads and teachers in virtual teaching technologies. It was created to improve the learning capabilities of 200 low and middle-cost schools.

The project also introduced virtual learning to schools that lacked relevant resources and requisite skills by supporting them with computer hardware and software. Following a rigorous assessment and selection process, 30 of the 200 Schools were selected and recognised for their stellar performance since the commencement of the project. Each beneficiary school was presented with a mini-content production suite to help teachers expand their sphere of influence through the acquisition of content digitisation skills. The production suite consisted of a computer, a PC external speaker, a headset, and a microphone.

Speaking on the next phase of the TRT project, Femi Martins, Programme Director, Bunmi Adedayo Foundation said, “We appreciate The Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting this project. We are currently at the semi-final stage as the learning competition continues. Through this project, we are providing access to subject mentoring in Maths and English and we will also provide access to the latest equipment. The teachers will also be profiled and taught how to develop global courses to help students across Africa succeed”. Ifeyinwa Ejindu, Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, reiterated the company’s commitment to community building and education, saying,

“At Coca-Cola, we are passionate about the communities we serve. We remain committed to enabling the economic empowerment of the people who need it most. Through our philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, we are proud to partner with the Bunmi Adedayo Foundation on this transformational project as we hope to impact the lives of hundreds of teachers and children across the country. By investing in the education of our children, we are investing in the future of our country and as we navigate the new normal, we believe that technology is crucial to success just as the learnings from this project will help bolster the education sector in Nigeria”.

Since its inception in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded over $1 billion in grants to support diverse sustainable community initiatives around the world.