COVID 19: FirstBank introduces learning to minimize schools’ closure disruption

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, premier Bank in West Africa and the leading banking services solutions provider in Nigeria for over 125 years has introduced e-learning for students across Nigeria as a patriotic response to fill the gap and keep students busy in this period of schools’ closure as a result of COVID 19.

This was disclosed by the CEO of FirstBank Dr. Adesola Adeduntan who  “announced that the Bank in partnership with government and other stakeholders is extending its attention to immediate needs in our society in the face of the widespread COVID-19 by putting in place complementary efforts in education to support students and minimize the disruption to education resulting from schools’ closure.”

A statement signed by Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications and made available to OpenLife, the bank stated that  the initiative is a follow up of the  Bank’s Business Continuity Process through which it has deployed measures to safe guard staff,  customers  and stakeholders.

Emphasizing the need to keep children engaged during the unfortunate closure of schools, Adeduntan said “we are warmed by the fact that different organizations have risen to the various challenges and are supporting in areas such as health and welfare, and 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 through e-learning.”

To achieve this objective which is built on partnership, he stated that the bank would be working with governments at the State level,  United Nations Global Compact and  Robert & John  to provide the e-learning solution in accordance with government approved curriculum.

“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,” the statement said.

While calling on other stakeholders for  supports, the bank disclosed that the “Solution has the full curriculum on both the online and offline versions with the offline version of particular interest as it eliminates the challenge posed by data affordability.”

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