As part of activities marking the 2022 International Day of Education celebration themed “Changing Course, Transforming Education”, key education stakeholders have called for a radical reset of education to tackle the learning crisis and recover from the learning losses caused by the impact of the covid pandemic.
This is in line with a World Bank report on “The State of the Global Education Crisis: A Path to Recovery” which calls for a range of urgent improvements in education systems to clawback covid learning losses. It points to the need for extended lesson time for children, for instruction to be targeted, so learning is appropriate to each child, and for more use of structured pedagogy – in essence, a more scientific approach to teaching.
Commenting on this year’s International Day of Education, the Managing Director, Bridge Nigeria, Ms Foyinsola Akinjayeju stated that to transform the quality of education, we need to begin with what the data is telling us. According to Akinjayeju, “Unfortunately, there is a learning data crisis and without such data, it is simply impossible to know how well children are learning which is why data gathering and analysis is at the center of what we do at NewGlobe.”
Akinjayeju noted that Bridge Nigeria community schools and other government programs supported by NewGlobe use evidence based-strategies and proven techniques for promoting foundational learning. “We use these approaches because they have been shown time and again to improve learning outcomes. Our structured pedagogical approach is based on decades of research and application and the results speak for themselves.” She said.
The Managing Director also commented on another single most important aspect of learning – ensuring teachers are well-supported.” Akinjayeju stressed that improving teachers’ well-being and professional development is essential to education recovery.
“Every Bridge teacher receives bespoke training. Such training is followed by a program of continuous development. Learning and development coaches conduct live lesson observations and use them to provide teachers with prompt, practical insights on how to make their lessons even more impactful. It is a never-ending cycle of learning about learning.” She said.
The World Bank estimates the learning losses caused by the covid pandemic to be the greatest crisis in global education for a century.
Bridge Nigeria is a network of nursery and primary schools in underserved communities in Lagos and Osun State, creating opportunities for children to grow and explore their potential. For consecutive years, children from Bridge International Academies are ranked among the top performers in the national common entrance examination.