The Edo State government has taken a proactive step to maintain the progress achieved through the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST) initiative by introducing virtual home classes for students during their holiday break. Coordinated by the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (EdoSUBEB), this innovative program aims to ensure continuous learning and engagement for students even outside the classroom.
In an effort to keep the learning momentum alive, teachers will deliver lessons to students through dedicated WhatsApp groups specifically created for this purpose. To facilitate the program’s success and enable effective monitoring, parents have been encouraged to provide devices for their children to participate in the virtual classes. Furthermore, parents are urged to motivate their children to actively engage during lessons, complete and submit assigned tasks, and capture pictures of their children while learning to share within the virtual classes.
The EdoBEST initiative, which is now in its second phase, has demonstrated notable improvements in the basic education sector of the state. The program’s success has garnered attention from other states, with Lagos and Kwara states adopting similar models under the names Lagos Excel and KwaraLEARN, respectively.
Interestingly, the visionary behind the EdoBEST program, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, who formerly served as the Executive Chairman of EdoSUBEB, is now the Commissioner for Education, further underscoring the commitment of the state government to advancing education.
With this initiative, Edo State aims to ensure that the positive strides made in basic education continue, fostering a culture of continuous learning and development among students, even during their holiday period.