The founder of Slum2School, Otto Orondaam, has proffered a very big solution to the problem of learning in this period; when children are forced out of school by the coronavirus. He announced his organisation has made it possible for 948 kids to learn remotely with their first Virtual Learning Classroom in Africa. Otto said his aim is to reach 10,000 kids during this season. Impossible is really nothing.
Impossible is Nothing. I'm so excited to announce the launch of our first Virtual Learning Classroom in Africa.
Today 948 kids can learn remotely but we want to reach 10,000kids.
Kindly RT & let's support kids across communities to learn during & after this period. #Slum2School pic.twitter.com/hntaWfkfSD
— Otto Orondaam (@Otto_Orondaam) July 13, 2020
This is hinged on the campaign for deserving Nigerian Children across slums and remote communities to access the education; they desperately need for a better future through technology.
Making the announcement on his Instagram handle on Monday, July 13, Otto Orondaam; the social entrepreneur said his aim was to reach 10,000 kids during the global crisis.
“Slum2School Africa is a volunteer-driven social development organization,”; read part of the caption under photos of the new project he had shared.
” It harnesses resources towards bridging the enrollment gap into schools between vulnerable children and other children; through the provision of educational scholarships and other psycho-social support,” he added.
Otto Orondaam Speaking to Forbes
Speaking to Forbes Africa in 2018, Orondaam said he founded his organization; through his passion for education especially for vulnerable and underprivileged children in 2012.
However, the idea to develop virtual learning came in May 2020; when he saw thousands of kids from the informal sector were not learning and many were engaged in various illegal activities.
“We took a very audacious decision to attempt to build the first Virtual Learning Classroom in Nigeria; and get digital tablets and laptops to thousands of our kids to aid virtual learning,”
The development of connecting students during the home-based learning experience through technology; proves useful for a time where many underserved school children across Nigeria; are being confronted with the grim reality of schools being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no end in sight. Not only will this development be effective in providing access to education; but the psycho-social support for these children in form of tracking and monitoring. Allowing children to learn even in difficult times and in reducing the negative-impact of the stay-at-home order.