MultiChoice continues to enhance ICT education
MultiChoice Namibia launched the Back-to-School campaign this week, at the Jan Mohr Secondary School in Windhoek.
The event was launched by the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Hon. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and is set to promote and enhance ICT education in the country through the MultiChoice Resource Centre programme.
The MultiChoice Resource Centre Programme (MRC) was established to increase and enhance access to quality educational resources, mainly in rural areas across Africa.
Through the MRCs, the extensive reach and capabilities of the DStv digital satellite technology platform is leveraged to bring high quality, up-to-date learning materials into schools, in even the remotest of communities.
Chairperson of the MultiChoice Board of Directors, Milka Mungunda, said a key strength of the programme is that it is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education to harness the strength of each partner towards the overall objective of enriching the lives of learners
“After almost a decade, the MRC programme has established a proud track record of over 1,900 centres rolled out to schools and educational institutions across 29 African countries. The scope of this programme attests to MultiChoice’s commitment to developing Africa’s human capital,” she said.
According to Mungunda over 300 Namibian schools have benefited from this programme since its inception in 2004.
“Last year, regional upgrades for MultiChoice Resource Centres completed in this financial year in Erongo, Hardap, Kavango, Omusati and Omaheke regions (approximately 50 schools),” she added.
The DStv educational bouquet offers world-class content through the following channels: Business Day TV; BBC World News; Mind-set; NBC; History; BBC Knowledge; Animal Planet; Nat Geo Wild; National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Meanwhile, Hanse-Himarwa said to enable learners and teachers to access these educational programmes, MultiChoice Namibia has installed plasma screens with PVR decoders at schools free of charge and non of the schools, nor the Ministry of Education is expected to pay for these TV channels.
“This is absolutely free of charge and courtesy of MultiChoice Namibia, thank you very much for this generous sponsorship,” she added
Currently, teachers at all MRCs receive training and orientation, not only on the use of the equipment and basic technical troubleshooting, but also on how to effectively integrate the valuable resources into the teaching and learning experience.