With the deterioration in student interest and performance in Mathematics, efforts is being intensified for darts to be introduced into the curriculum of schools at the nursery, primary and secondary schools level, through the S.M.A2.W.A.R.T. (Simulated Mathematics Algebraic And Arithmetic’s, Writing And Reading Technique) project.
100 top nursery, primary and secondary schools have been shortlisted to participate in the pilot scheme of the S.M.A3.W.A.R.T. project. This is aimed at testing and evaluating the potential impact of darts as an effective cross curricular and Modified Play Way (MPW) teaching and learning aid for reading, numeracy and mathematics and its acceptance to children between the ages of 4 to 16 years.
The S.M.A3.W.A.R.T. project is been organized by International Pro Games Limited (IPRO) and FIJI Ventures limited, Nigeria representative to Unicorn group UK. and shall comprises; Darts in Schools Programme, Girls with Darts Skills Initiative (GWDSI), Darts mentorship and Vacation camping programme, the SMART CHALLENGE, a competition on numeracy for children in nursery-primary school between the ages 7 to 11 years, and the Inter Schools Darts Championship.
Amongst the schools that were shortlisted included, Kings King, Queens College, Holy Child College, St Gregory College, Dowen College, Chrisland Schools, GreenSprings etc. Only 50 schools will be finally selected to participate in the project which will commence in January 2014. Free coaching shall be provided to the schools for the first three months so as to enable the schools establish their darts clubs and prepare them for the maiden edition of the inter-school darts competition. And, mathematics lessons shall be included in the training scheme being offered to the nursery and primary schools.
In an interview with Idada Joachim, IPRO Chief Operating officer he noted that ;
“The result of the evaluation of the pilot scheme will enable us prepare the report and develop a comprehensive programme or plan of action to be submitted to government and other stake holders involved in the management of basic education. And, we will be able to open the project to all interested schools after that”