The House of Representatives member representing Surulere Federal Constituency, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday donated 501 E-Learning tablets to secondary school students in his constituency.
Mr. Gbajabiamila, who spoke at the public presentation of the tablets, said the donation was one of his campaign promises of providing “life changing empowerment programmes” to his constituents.
“While we were campaigning for your mandate I did not only appeal to parents and constituents of voting age, I went to our children who are beneficiaries of today’s programme in their various schools to seek their support,” said Mr. Gbajabiamila, an All Progressives Congress member who serves as the Majority Leader at the Lower House.
“Even though I was aware that they were not old enough to vote, I saw in them a future that blooms beyond politics.”
The E-Learning tablet, also called ‘Gbaja Tab,’ is an ultra-light Android tablet with FlexTutor Learning App that has four segments – book; e-Library; pre-loaded tutorial videos; and online class, and assessment test and exam.
The book segment has 117 textbooks for Junior Secondary One to Senior Secondary Three as well as SAT candidates; the West African Examination Council syllabus; and novels such as Oliver Twist.
The tablet also has word processing applications for Word, Excel and PowerPoint; a battery life of 6,000mAh; and a solar panel that charges the battery once there is sunlight.
Mr. Gbajabiamila said the selection process for beneficiaries of the tablets was made without political consideration.
“The school management presented to us a list of their brilliant Surulere students who were thereafter taken through ICT lesson on the special educational features of the E-Learning tablet,” he said.
“For the purpose of this first edition, we have specifically targeted SS 2 students who will be preparing for their finals. I am fully confident that the Gbaja Tab will complement the ‘Educate Lagos’ and ‘Eko Project’ of the Lagos State government.”
The beneficiaries were students drawn from Government College, Eric Moore, Lagos; Iponri Estate Senior High School; Akintan Senior High School; Gbaja Girls Senior High School; Community Senior High School; Ajigbega Senior Secondary School; Ansarudeen Senior High School; Zumratul Islamiyyah High School; and Stadium Senior High School.
Originally meant to be given to 500 students, Mr. Gbajabiamila said he added an extra tablet after his family received a visit, three days before, from two 17-year-old SS 2 students who are twins.
“One of them has her name on her school’s list of beneficiaries while the other’s name didn’t make (it), apparently because she’s not as brilliant. So, she was at the house rolling on the floor and cried and cried.
“I believe the saying that we should not separate what God has joined together is not applicable only in marriages.”
The lawmaker also clarified that the tablets belong to the deserving students and not their schools, a point which drew rapturous applause from the students in the hall.
“I have facilitated this learning project and will need parents and teachers to monitor its usage by their wards,” he said.
“More importantly, parents need to know Gbaja Tab is transferrable to other children in the family as it contains textbooks for all secondary classes.”
Some of the students interviewed by PREMIUM TIMES said the tablet would help them in their class works.
“It will help me with my assignments and also browse through the scheme of work before the teacher comes,” said Yewande Ramon, one of the beneficiaries.