The Boko Haram Insurgency in Northeast Nigeria has led to the destruction of schools leaving several children displaced and out of school. Sponsored by the USAID in partnership with the American University of Nigeria, the Technology Enhanced Learning For All (TELA) program sought to improve the level of literacy and numeracy in Adamawa State, Northeast Nigeria by targeting and reached 22,000 vulnerable children. TELA explored the effectiveness of mobile and radio technology in teaching literacy and numeracy in post conflict societies. With the use of a newly designed transactional radio instruction program, the lessons were taught in form of a children’s radio musical drama series with the local language, Hausa as the main language of instruction. Baseline tests were conducted using the Early Grade Reading Assessment and Early Grade Mathematics Assessment. As part of the AUN course, “CDV 101: Literacy Using Radio”, we created the storyline and titles for different radio programs, the literacy and the numeracy. We also scripted, translated, voiced and recorded songs for the entire radio drama series. In partnership with a local radio station, Radio Gotel, the programs were aired twice a week and played to the children in listening centers across the state. Within six months of listening to the program, we recorded a 99.1% improvement in literacy scores and 97.2% in numeracy scores.

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Oluwafunminitemi Oluwadare: ‘Temi Oluwadare recently graduated from the American University of Nigeria with a Bachelor’s in Communication and Multimedia Design with a concentration in advertising. Her interest in the use of media in conflict led to her participation in the USAID sponsored TELA Radio Literacy program. She was also part of a team which conceptualised and implemented an anti-extremism campaign called “I Am A Believer”. In addition to both projects, Temi actively served in student government and the women leadership council at AUN. She has done some work in digital marketing and is looking forward to pursuing further studies in development communication.

Other Collaborators: Maryam Abdulkadir