Government launches fifth phase of radio lessons for schools

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The GOVERNMENT has rolled out the fifth phase of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) radio lessons program, primary and secondary classrooms as part of an alternative education platform to maximize learning.

In 2020, the government, with the help of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), distributed more than 200,000 radios to rural communities to ensure that children continue to learn during the prolonged closure of schools while the country was struggling to contain the rise linked to Covid-19. deaths and infections.

Schools opened yesterday for the second term which runs until August 4. The radio lessons program is run by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in partnership with the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Unicef ​​and FACT Zimbabwe, a local Christian national NGO of development.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said classes for ECD learners to Grade 2 students have been broadcast since Monday on Radio Zimbabwe, National FM and Classic 263 and will continue until May 15, 2022 under the fourth program of the fifth. phase of the program.

“The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in collaboration with ZBC, Unicef ​​and FACT Zimbabwe is rolling out the fifth phase of radio lessons as part of an alternative learning platform,” it reads. in the press release.

“The courses of this fourth program will be broadcast from May 2 to May 15, 2022. Thereafter, another program will be broadcast. Parents, guardians and teachers are advised to familiarize themselves with the timetable so that they can support learners as much as possible.

The ministry said another program will be released when the listed radio lessons expire.

The Ministry’s Communication and Advocacy Director, Mr. Taungana Ndoro, said the radio lessons will continue to be broadcast despite the reopening of schools, as they have proven to be an effective medium in the delivery system. the country’s education.

“We are continuing lessons on the radio because our goal is to provide quality education to all learners in the country. We want to make sure all learners benefit from these lessons so they can catch up after a long break,” he said.

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education works closely with teachers to produce the radio lessons.

Mr. Ndoro said the radio lessons are part of the socio-economic development of the country as enacted by President Mnangagwa to achieve National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) and Vision 2030.

“We want to be a middle-income economy by 2030 and the only way to achieve that vision is to ensure that we have provided adequate education for everyone,” he said.

Ndoro said the government is rolling out the program as part of efforts to reduce the gap between rich and poor in terms of access to education, targeting in particular poor children in rural areas who do not don’t have access to the technology and the money to buy data packages. .

“These radio lessons will ensure that rural learners and those from poor backgrounds will not be left behind in terms of access to education in line with NDS1,” he said.

As part of the program, learners in ECD and Grade 1 classes learn English, Math and Science, while those in Grades 6 and 7 learn Isindebele, Shona, Heritage Studies, agriculture and mathematics.
Classes in Form 1-2 are taught in Heritage Studies, English, Shona, and Business Studies.

The program was officially launched by the then Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Cain Mathema, in June 2020 at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Montrose Studios in Bulawayo.

Minister Cain Mathema

When schools closed for the better last year, pupils, especially exam classes, had to resort to online learning which most pupils in rural areas did not have access to. This has been blamed for the poor performance of rural students in public exams last year.

The government then decided to provide rural communities with radios so that students could have access to radio lessons.
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