Educator from Africa teaches people around the world amid global pandemic

Educator from Africa teaches people around the world amid global pandemic

- A teacher from Nigeria is making an impact in the country and around the world with her virtual mathematics class

- The teacher, identified as Basirat Olamide, teaches mathematics via Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram at no cost to the learner

- Interestingly, more than 1 800 Nigerian and international students at various levels are taking her classes

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A maths teacher based in Lagos, Nigeria, identified as Basirat Olamide, has devised a way to teach both Nigerian and international students online amid the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown of many countries.

In a report by AP, the Nigerian woman offers free mathematics classes online via various social media networks, namely Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram. According to the report, after almost six months, more than 1 800 Nigerian and international students at different levels are taking her classes.

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Basirat usually only gives her students homework after they have watched her short maths videos and responded to questions. Basirat said the online teaching has made her feel that she can actually teach the whole world mathematics.

Nigerian teacher teaches people around the world mathematics amid pandemic

Basirat Olamide. Photo credit: AP
Source: UGC

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You can view one of the maths lessons that she posted on Twitter below. The one-minute lesson focuses on probability and Basirat uses visual aids to guide her viewers. With a whiteboard behind her and a black marker in hand, her ability to explain the lesson in simple terms is amazing.

Speaking about her virtual class, the 36-year-old educator said:

“Sometimes, I stay awake till 2 am. going through their assignments! Covid is here with both negative and positive impacts. The positive impact is that we can use technology to teach our students, which I am very, very happy about."
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In other educational news, recently reported on 14-year-old Taida Mapara, who enrolled at university to study medicine. Not all children develop at the same speed and some are so ahead of their time that they are dubbed young geniuses.

Taida Drucilla Mapara, who resides in Harare, Zimbabwe, is one of those gifted young people. At the age of only 14, the teen is already heading to university after enrolling at Malawi's College of Medicine.

Mapara dreams of one day becoming a cardiologist and she is well on her way to realising it. Mapara hails from a poor background but her exceptional intellectual abilities have opened doors for her.

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