In Nigeria today, building the capacity of our teachers to make use of modern educational resources and technology tools in meaningful ways to impact the children has been under-explored. Experts agree that taking advantage and fully utilizing improved teaching methods has unbelievable advantages. When teachers are equipped with resources and technology, they can be more effective in the way they teach, retain the attention of more pupils and even reach out to prospective pupils outside of their classroom thereby reducing the number of children out of school.

One readily available tool that can be used for training teachers is video. Teachers can benefit from watching other teachers in action, can get constructive feedback from other educationists through recorded classes and, most importantly, can share best practices from their own classroom with other teachers. All these can be made possible through the power of audiovisuals.

One major advantage of videos is that the teachers have full control over the material. They can fast forward, rewind and watch all over again for better understanding. This puts the teacher in control so they can learn at their own pace and personalise the learning process in a way that works best for them.

The good thing about training teachers using videos is that there probably would be no need to purchase any expensive gadgetry or train the teachers specially to operate them. Most teachers even in low-income places in Nigeria already own mobile phones that can play videos.

For those who do not have video-enabled phones, one can be purchased for them for the purpose of the initiative. So the teacher receives the videos on his or her phone through a shared platform and can watch the video in class, at home or anywhere. It is a convenient and inexpensive way to teach teachers using technology, consequently expanding and improving the quality of education pupils will have access to.

In 1996, for instance, a nonprofit in Lesotho, Save the Child, did a video series to show teachers how to manage physically-challenged pupils in a regular class. The series featured demos to guide teachers on how to help the kids carry on learning despite their condition and how to ensure they are properly integrated into the class without feeling left out. Watching expert teachers demonstrate helped the viewing teachers understand the lessons, and it was a really successful initiative.

At the Orderly Society Trust, we believe the use of video to train and ensure quality control will greatly improve the quality of childhood education especially in rural communities across the country. It is certainly viable and less expensive to train teachers remotely by developing instructional videos and getting the videos to the target audience through technology.

We are currently working with childhood educationists and technology experts to ensure this happens in the coming year. The number of teachers and pupils that will benefit from this initiative is limitless. This, we believe, takes us a step closer to reaching our goal of expanding access to high quality early childhood education especially to the most disadvantaged of us, children from rural and slum communities in Nigeria.