YabaTech Targets Non-formal Education With Radio Station
Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech) wants to boost non-formal education, with its planned radio broadcast transmission that will begin soon.
The Management of the College of Technology says it is dialoguing with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to resolve a disagreement delaying take-off of the college’s radio station.
Dr. Charles Oni, the Director, Public Relations Unit, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.
The radio station would be used to train students in the non-formal education setting.
According to him, the college wanted to key into training in non-formal education essentially, through the open distance and flexible learning system.
“Through the radio, lectures, seminars and workshops will be transmitted to students.
“It will be based on an agreement between the students and the college.
“We can reach out to mechanics, tailors and technicians, among others who are in the informal sector.
“They can learn while at work, and when it comes to the examination, we will arrange how they write their examination,’’ he said.
Oni said apart from education, the radio would also be used for enlightenment, news and transmission of cultural programmes.
On the delays in take-off, he said that the conflict with NBC borders on the use of the licence in both campuses of the college at Yaba and Epe, for which the college duly applied.
“We have an area of conflict with NBC. Initially, when we applied for the licence, it was intended for both campuses.
“But now, NBC is saying otherwise. We are trying to sort it out,’’ Oni said.
According to him, the management has completed a new digitised studio for the radio station and will begin test transmission soon.
He said that the fully digitised radio studio, with state-of-the-art gadgets, was built and funded by the college.
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The institution believes that non-formal education is important and central to mass-literacy, especially in areas of vocational and technical education in Nigeria.
It is fashioning the radio learning in line with what is practised in India, China and some other countries where radio is being used as an input to enhance mass education.