Friday 30 October, 2020

Digicel, Education Ministry partner for e-learning initiatives

Image by Steve Howard from Pixabay.

Image by Steve Howard from Pixabay.

Digicel Trinidad and Tobago has partnered with the Ministry of Education to provide e-learning initiatives to assist students during the current stay-at-home regulations enacted to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The company said in a statement issued Wednesday that over 90,000 households now have free access to educational videos from the Ministry of Education, as it has partnered with the Ministry to expand the reach of its e-learning initiatives during COVID-19.

The videos are available to Digicel Home and Entertainment subscribers through their Video on Demand platform and can be viewed as many times as they wish.

The sessions are based on CSEC, CAPE and SEA examinations, and are pre-recorded by qualified teachers to ensure that the content is in keeping with the Ministry’s syllabus.

This support comes at a time when there is increasing demand nationwide for digital educational content.

Shakka Subero, Digicel, Head of Government, said students are depending on these measures to ensure they stay abreast of their study schedules.

“As Trinidad and Tobago’s leading Telecommunications provider, Digicel is supporting all of Government’s initiatives to keep us safe and connected during this period of global uncertainty, by providing tens of thousands of students access to the Ministry of Education’s E-Learning System (ELS) via our Digicel Home & Entertainment Video on Demand platform."

"It is important that the future leaders of our twin-island country have reliable access to Ministry approved Educational Content at their homes which would help maintain their study schedules especially with the Ministry announcing a possible resumption of in-class studies in or around September 2020."

"By giving free access to our over 90,000 subscribers, it is our intent to provide the Ministry of Education another communications outlet to reach a significant percentage of the student population."

The company said currently, the Digicel VOD platform offers the following subjects:

  • The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC): Additional Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Construction, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Principles Of Accounts, Social Studies and Spanish, with Woodwork and Agri-Science being uploaded soon.
  • The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE): Applied Mathematics and Caribbean Studies, with Sociology coming on board soon.
  • The Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA): SEA Time- Creative Writing, English and Mathematics.

As more videos become available from the Ministry of Education, they will be uploaded to the library on an on-going basis. To access this new content, users would need to reboot their Set Top Boxes (STBs) and then go to the VOD category in the menu.

Subero said: “We thank the Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Minister in the Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis, for partnering with us on the first of many other opportunities to ensure the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow."

"Rest assured our Digicel our teams are working behind the scenes to keep people connected to the things that matter most and will continue to use advancements in technology to enhance the existing platforms in efforts to bring even greater value to our customers and to the people of Trinidad and Tobago."

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