Ministry of Education (MoE) and University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Center For Global Health (UAB-SCGH) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) early in 2016 to develop a software and digitize the curriculum content of all MOE curriculum resources for Secondary and Preparatory Schools (Grades 9-12) including textbooks and recorded video lectures in a format allowing local delivery. UAB-SCGH together with local company, Support Education (SupEd) and a software company from Zambia have worked on the development since then…… ” UNESCO’s motto is humanity and peace. In this case, we are always advocating for a peaceful, inclusive and learning society. We found such technology, equalizer, to make between urban and rural, out of school children and formal school learners, and adults. We found this technology helpful to help the society to move together. The second point is, while technology helps to learn anywhere any time, we need parents to help their children, and children help their parents. As a UNESCO, as a point of cultural integration, we advocate for intergenerational learning. Families who are actively participating in their children learning, particularly in girl’s education and their children achievement, and also to have basic cultural, educational and economic points, we are looking for a technology that binds generations. Having this technology alone may not by itself bring sustainability. We have to have a consortium of activities practices.
As UNESCO, education has five elements. Context, content, materials, method, assessment and the resource person that moves everything incoherent. Human training, in this case, will come to a very important point with this technology.” ( Mr. Samuel Asnake, UNESCO Ethiopia Office Education Program Coordinator ) More..
Technical Group from MOE and Regional Bureau
The team visited the two pilot schools, Burayu, and Chacha General Secondary and Preparatory Schools,
on 14th and 15th of November 2017, to get the actual overview of the pilot project. They have discussed with the school principals, teachers and students, after having visited activities performed(Educational service, which includes educational tablet and offline digital library) within the school compound.
“We have sent out a technical team to visit the field, and the feedback proves its importance. We are convinced and agree with its implementation in the schools in the region. Supporting education through technology is one of the tools for the improvement of the quality of education. I want to pass my appreciation to Support education, the local partner and UAB Sparkman center on delivering this project. ” (Mr. Tefera Bayissa, Amhara Education Bureau, Deputy Head ) More..
Students are very Happy to have tablet, and resource server
this technology is an equalizer. It equalizes us with the student in developed country by reducing the digital gap through availing as many digital resources that we need for our education, which was not possible previously. Secondly, we come from faraway villages, we were to carry many books, but now I come with just a single tablet, with much more resources. I have all textbooks and video tutorials in this device and can access all grade 9 to 12 textbooks and video tutorials and other reference materials including simulations and educational apps, by connecting to the school server.
( Bekele Cherkos, Student Chacha General Secondary, and Preparatory school )