Via allAfrica.com, a Reuters report: Radio Lessons for 1.5 Million Children in Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone.
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. MORE than a million children unable to attend school in Sierra Leone due to Ebola are now able to get lessons over the radio.
Children's charity Plan International has been helping to develop radio programmes to reach those missing out. It is also supplying 22,500 solar radios to some of the poorest children, especially girls, so they can tune in.
Most schools remain closed due to the impact and restrictions caused by Ebola, severely affecting the education of millions of children.
"Getting children back to learning is one of our biggest priorities at this time," says Casely Coleman, Plan's Country Director in Sierra Leone.
"Radio is an excellent way of speeding up children's return to the classroom, and helping bridge the gap while schools are closed," he adds.
Once the lessons are recorded, they are aired to 41 community radio stations across Sierra Leone through a central hub, with a target of reaching 1.5 million children.
Students and parents can also be alerted to the lessons via text message.
Mariama, aged 14, says school closures have had a huge impact but the radio programmes are helping pupils continue to learn.
"The outbreak is really affecting us, girls are suffering the most. Some of my friends will not be going back to school because they are pregnant," she says.
"Listening to the emergency radio teaching program and writing down my notes as I listen, is the only way I keep myself busy with school work.
"I want the government to end the Ebola outbreak so that we can go back to school, that is my dream for 2015," adds Mariama.
Teachers are also being trained to use radio as an educational resource.
"The teachers like using the radio for lessons and see radio technology as a useful tool," says Martin Foday, Learning Advisor for Plan International in Sierra Leone.
"It's especially useful for teaching languages like English and French at all levels. The students can also improve their pronunciation as they mimic the presenters," adds Mr Foday.