TV lessons to bridge the gap
THE Government has launched television courses with the aim of improving access to education following the disruption caused by the challenges related to Covid-19.
The initiative comes at a time when children are in school for a limited number of days.
Television courses will include sign language to promote inclusion, as previously launched radio courses did not benefit people with hearing disabilities.
Lessons are part of the remedial strategy used by teachers in the classroom from Early Childhood Development (ECD) through Grade 4.
Minister of Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, kicked off the lessons by saying they came from ongoing radio lessons started in June of last year and had seen a total of 1 670 issues.
President Mnangagwa recently launched the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) whose strategies include the adoption of innovative technologies that support effective teaching and blended learning as well as alternative learning approaches from ECD.
The TV lessons will come with modules, workbooks, podcasts and digital content on various platforms.
Minister Mutsvangwa said Covid-19 brought a myriad of challenges that crippled the education sector.
She commended the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, in partnership with UNICEF, for facilitating President Mnangagwa’s vision in the education sector.
She said the program was in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda.
“Covid-19 has caused untold suffering among our learners in terms of school attendance. To this end, blended teaching and learning has become imperative to promote the continuity of learning during and after school closures caused by Covid-19.
“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, in partnership with UNICEF, has been working since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that all children continue their education despite the closure of schools and their opening. progressive, said Sen Mutsvangwa.
“The partners first developed radio courses last year in June, which the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation then started broadcasting on its radio stations. I commend the ZBC for playing such a crucial role in bringing together the lessons of the learners as part of the school’s adaptation to the new normal, ”said Minister Mutsvangwa.
“The education lessons are part of the efforts of all partners involved to support the government’s efforts in achieving SDG number 4 of the 2030 Agenda, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote opportunities lifelong learning for all by 2030. ”
Minister Mutsvangwa said her ministry is ready to cooperate and partner with stakeholders to ensure that children receive a quality education.
Speaking on the same occasion, Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Edgar Moyo said the launch came at a time when the government was focused on improving the quality of education through e-learning initiatives.
Deputy Minister Moyo said those who could not access the lessons on television would benefit from the print media because some areas did not have access to the signal.
“This launch came at a time when my ministry has made e-learning a key ingredient in improving the quality of education. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink education and make learning possible anywhere and anytime. Television has therefore become one of the main alternative learning strategies, ”he said.
“Those who cannot access the television lessons can get the same lessons through radio and print media. The ministry is aware that not all parts of the country have access to television and radio due to problems with bandwidth and radio signal strength.
“I am however happy to see that my counterpart Cde Mutsvangwa is seized of this issue and working on a solution so that no learner is left behind with educational technology,” he said.