TELA – Technology Enhanced Learning for All – is a scalable program that will provide basic reading and math lessons through radio and tablet technology for 20,000 Nigerian children and adolescents who are orphaned, displaced, homeless or at-risk. These are children who can’t read a single sentence. They can’t add two numbers with a sum under ten.

TELA, funded in part USAID, is bringing education to orphaned and displaced children both in IDP camps and those sheltering in the community. The program also serves some of the other 9 million out-of-school children and youth in northeast Nigeria, where the rate of illiteracy is estimated at 77%. The Northeast has been deeply wounded by the Boko Haram insurgency, and these children will not have hope for a better future – even after the defeat of Boko Haram – without access to education. If future generations of Nigerians are not educated and given hope, we are sowing 9 million seeds for terrorism.

TELA program will broadcast lessons over radio through distributed handsets and communal listening centers. The radio shows will use storytelling and local, relatable characters to harness the students’ imagination, and workbooks will be distributed to convert imagination into learning. Read about the TELA Dolls to learn more about the use of storytelling.

TELA participants will also be supported through reading camps and mobile classrooms that will bring volunteer tutors, tablet computers and supplementary reading materials to provide face-to-face tutoring.

The funding by USAID only provides enough tablets to serve 5,000 children. AUN still needs 500 tablets to reach the remaining 15,000 children. Each tablet costs $180.