Edtech is delivering remote learning across the continent to assist the countries education system. This platform was introduced to assist educational institutes that are lockdown as a result of COVID-19. In Egypt, the Ministry of Education and Technical Education introduced an Edtech for kids. The Ministry has also provided knowledge bank of grade level and subjects. The content is available in English and Arabic to effectively teach the students with a well-known language.
The site features images, videos, and documentary films to explain various lessons. The Edtech platform also offers a communication channel between students and teachers. It allows 22 million students to download and upload content and over nearly 55,000 schools to communicate with teachers. Students will receive a code from their teachers before they begin classes and the contents explaining how the platform can be navigated is also revealed.
In Kenya, the Ministry of Education also offered the same platform capable of providing online learning programs and resources. This platform will make programs and Materials available to television, radio, Youtube, and other learning platforms. For instance, The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) will deliver learning content from Monday to Friday. Other broadcasts like EduTv Youtube channel and Edu Channel TV will deliver programs for curriculum development.
Liberia is also giving educational content to teachers and students. This content will be accessed for free and users who don’t have internet data subscriptions can still visit the platform. Users who have internet data can visit this platform without their data being consumed. Students can read or study, browse, and use other resources like Wiktionary, Wikibooks, and Wikipedia. The contents are also arranged according to age category and there is specific content for younger children. A website used to further the program is Project Gutenberg. This program is an effort to archive cultural works and digitize learning in the country.
In Libya, the Ministry of Education made a deal with local television stations to showcase lessons for secondary and middle-age school children. The Moroccan government has also made learning available online to assist a student with home learning. The content will be available in French and Arabic for primary, baccalaureate, and secondary levels, and more. Telkom ZA a South African telecommunication company also provided cost-free access to learners.
In Tunisia, the ALECSO (Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization) unveiled an e-learning initiative to help students study during the lockdown. The organization also ensures there’s a continuity of teacher and learning during the pandemic. A website has been dedicated to students and teachers to freely access Arabic educational resources. More North African countries will also benefit from this initiative.