First Bank is launching digital learning platform to keep students engaged amid COVID-19 pandemic

While other business organisations in the private sector are rolling out support for government, majorly in the areas of health and welfare, in the fight against COVID-19, First Bank Nigeria is plying a less travelled route in its response.

The bank says it is partnering with government and other stakeholders to initiate an e-learning platform for students that will be launched in the first week of April. The Ogun state government announced a similar initiative which kicked off on Tuesday and was highly commended by Nigerians on social media.

The CEO of FirstBank, Dr Adesola Adeduntan in a statement said digital learning becomes important at these difficult times as the present crisis has truncated the education of students across the country.

"We feel the peculiar needs of our children and youth must not be left out and have therefore elected to focus on contributing to solving the current education challenge," Adeduntan said.

"Education remains the bedrock of any society and we believe that when we educate our children we enable our nation. So, building educational partnerships is an avenue to support our children to remain resourceful and fully engaged at this time so they can compete favorably with their peers internationally.

"We are working with the States; United Nations Global Compact; innovative technology firms such as Robert & John to provide e-learning solution with the Government approved curriculum for students across the country," the bank's CEO added.

"The roll-out begins first week in April starting with Lagos State where FirstBank will support the roll-out of Roducate which has been adjudged a best-fit solution by educators, teachers, and all necessary authorities."

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