COVID-19 IN NIGERIA

TIC Network's Response to the Corona Virus

COVID-19 is part of a group of coronaviruses, which is a large family of
viruses that may cause illness in humans and animals. The world has
previously witnessed other strains of coronavirus, such as the Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS). The novel coronavirus, called COVID-19, surfaced in
December 2019.  More than 17 million cases of COVID-19 have been
recorded globally since then. 
 
The first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded on the 10 th of March
2020. Due to rising numbers and in a bid to contain the virus, the Federal
Ministry of Education ordered the closure of tertiary institutions, as well
as secondary and primary schools nationwide effective from the 23 rd of
March. The education of Nigeria’s 46 million students was severely
disrupted as a result of these restrictions. 
 
The World Bank reported that the closure of educational institutions
might aggravate an already existent learning crisis. 5 According to
assessments by the SDG Education 2030 Steering Committee, current
methodologies in education are insufficient in equipping youth with the
skills needed to meet the SDG targets. Moreover, school closures are
expected to exacerbate the problem and have both short and long term impacts: in the short term, students would face losses in learning, but
over the long term, reduced economic opportunities. 

Country Confirmed Recovered Death
United States 8,889,179
5,772,498
230,510
N/A
India 7,909,050
7,133,994
119,030
N/A
Brazil 5,394,128
4,835,915
157,163
N/A
Russian Federation 1,513,877
1,138,522
26,050
N/A
France 1,138,507
110,322
34,761
N/A
Spain 1,110,372
N/A
34,752
N/A
Argentina 1,090,589
894,819
28,896
N/A
Colombia 1,015,885
915,451
30,154
N/A
Mexico 891,160
4360
650,355
3616
88,924
181
Peru 888,715
807,636
34,149
N/A
Worldwide 43,328,174
4721
31,900,636
4266
1,159,009
199
26 Oct 2020, 3:24 AM (GMT)

😷 Global Stats

43,328,174 Total Cases
1,159,009 Deaths
31,900,636 Recovered
10,268,529 Active Cases
2.7% Death %
73.6% Recovered %

HOW ARE WE DOING: THE TRANSITION TO ONLINE EDUCATION

Software for our online class

In the wake of school closures, we at TiCN decided to transition to online learning to ensure the continuity of our services to our students. We use Zoom to deliver our sessions. Acknowledging that some of the more sophisticated software might need time to explain its installation and usage, some of our workshop facilitators ensured an extra ‘launch-day’ before the event to familiarise our students with the software and its functions.

About Our Mentorship sessions

TiCN’s mentorship sessions are run by mentors who have years of
experience in their field. We also have a team of administrative staff and
volunteers from across the world to aid our mentors and speakers to
seamlessly deliver their sessions. To inspire our students, we also have
the privilege of hosting renowned speakers from outside Nigeria, who
converse with us about their vision of skill-based education for all
students.
The Innovative Child Network thanks students, parents, mentors and
volunteers for trusting us with the education of the youth. The success of
our response to COVID-19, and ensuring the continuity of our services
online would not have been possible without the cooperation and support
of our key stakeholders. TiCN thanks its sponsors, stakeholders, partners
and friends, and looks forward to a continuing, fruitful association.
Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we look forward to not only
helping our youth gain higher wages and ensure their higher productivity
but also working towards a reduction in social inequalities in the long
run. Together, we can ensure skill-based education for every child.

WHAT WE ARE DOING: TICNetwork’s RESPONSE

Over the course of our 1 Child 1 Book Campaign, we collected and
donated 278 books and N77,000 in cash donations. To celebrate this
success, we held an online essay competition, with cash prizes for the top
three winners. It gave us immense pleasure to have 7 speakers, and over
600 viewers from 7 different countries participate in our virtual
celebration on Children’s Day.

We believe in empowering our youth, such that they, in turn, create
leaders. Our approach is best exemplified by our TiC Kids sessions,
where former TiC students take on the role of mentors for other students.
Caleb is a front end developer, proficient in HTML, CSS and Javascript,
and made the mentorship session on the 3 rd of July both informative and
fun for our students.

To make our students ready for the workplace, we had a TiC Kids session
with Mmokutimaabasi on the 26 th of June. Our students were taught
Scratch programming, and created and shared their Scratch projects
online.

We had two sessions of 3-day animation training, the first from the 12 th to
the 14 th of June, and the second from 10 th to the 13 th of July. Betty
Nwachukwu facilitated both the workshops.  These were aimed not only
at skilling our students, but also unleashing their creative potential. Miss
Nwachukwu taught our students storyboarding, creating characters and
customizing them according to the storyline they developed. In totality,
43 of our students aged between 6-15 were trained over the course of
these two workshops.

Our mission is to ensure continuity of educational services such that
every child has access to the skills they need for their future professions.
Our weekly mentorship sessions, led by experienced mentors, aim to
provide skills such as web development, public speaking and writing. The
classes run for a period of twelve weeks, with each mentor dedicating
between 1 – 2 hours per session. Our sessions are aimed to help our students develop in a holistic manner, such that they are able to become
future leaders and contribute to sustainable development.

With our transition to online education, it is important to equip our
students with the knowledge of how to keep themselves safe while using
the Internet. Barbara Aboagye facilitated our session on the 24 th of July
on Internet Security for children between 5 to 17 years of age. Miss
Aboagye is a Masters student in Civil Engineering at Ecole Centrale in
Nantes, France. She is a passionate STEM advocate, and is the co-
founder for the Centre for Financial Literacy, Africa.

On the 8th of August, TiCN hosted Prince Gideon Olanrewaju,
Chairperson of the International Youth Coalition for Education, and
Founder/CEO of Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi) for a
chat session moderated by Blessing Akpan, Founder/Education Director
of TiCN.
Gideon spoke to our students about the journey and challenges of
becoming a youth leader. In this interactive session, he outlined the skills
needed to solve the challenges currently faced by the global community.
He spoke of the importance of soft skills such as critical thinking,
innovation, and interpersonal skills, as well as of hard skills such as
technical competence. It was a motivating session as he interacted with
our students on how to find their purpose in life, and contribute
meaningfully to the SDGs.