MultiChoice Resource Centres
The first Multichoice Resource Centre was established in Nigeria in 2004 as a corporate social investment by MultiChoice Africa, and implemented by SchoolNet Nigeria on a partnership platform.
The project aims to improve teaching and learning processes by equipping schools with audiovisual educational equipment through which the MultiChoice education bouquet can be accessed by schools.
Since inception, MultiChoice Resource Centres have been established in 121 schools in 13 states across Nigeria. Each centre is equipped with a DStv decoder, television set, video/DVD recorder, appropriate burglar proofing for the equipment, blank video cassettes/DVDs, generator, storage cabinet, white board, tables and chairs.
The educational objectives of each centre focus on transforming learning in the classroom and improving learner performance by:
- Equipping educators with the required knowledge and skills to use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve teaching and learning practice
- Using specific educational channels provided in the MultiChoice education bouquet to support teaching and learning in the Nigerian curriculum
- Developing learners’ ICT skills within the context of lessons being taught
- Adopting key learning strategies that influence the use of ICT to support teaching and learning
- Illustrating the use and benefits of television as an educational tool
- Developing understanding of integrating the education bouquet into teaching and learning
At each centre, infrastructural objectives include:
- Preparing a secure facility at each site, functional in supporting the infrastructure and conducive as a learning environment
- Providing adequate training and technical support so that schools can operate and support the facilities
- Maximising the probability that facilities will be functional and sustainable after the project ends by selecting appropriate schools.
Trained facilitators are deployed to each centre to develop the effective educational use of facilities provided by running both technical and educational training for teachers. They also conduct a monitoring and evaluation process that assesses the qualitative and quantitative impact of the project.