Edugate connects rural schools in Okakarara to its e-learning

The Edugate Academy Private School at Otjiwarongo has extended its newly-introduced e-learning and teaching technology programme to the learners of Okakarara Senior Secondary (SS) and Waterberg Junior Secondary schools.

The project was on Thursday officially launched at Okakarara by founder of the Eduvision Project, Frikkie Louw in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Ester Anna Nghipondoka and the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge.

Louw presented to learners and teachers who attended that this e-learning technology requires to be connected to an internet transmitter together with the audio and visual systems.

Louw said the installations of the fibre optic cables, smart boards, television screens, speakers and projectors are also needed in the connections.

He said the purpose of the instruments is to enable a live teacher in a classroom at Edugate to be seen and heard when teaching to learners at Okakarara, Waterberg or Tsumkwe schools while he or she is in Otjiwarongo.

The programme which allows the learners and teachers to interact while in different locations was officially launched in August 2018 at Edugate in Otjiwarongo, Louw said.

Louw explained that the purchasing of these learning and teaching instruments installed at Okakarara and Waterberg schools was possible with a sponsorship from the Namibia Power Utility (NamPower) company at a cost over N.dollars 386 000.

We want to see all Namibian learners accessing the top quality of learning from the best teachers we have got in this country, said Louw.

Louw also said that the programme has a system that can store recorded lessons on a clip and allows any learner in the country to replay them on a smart cellphone.

Louw said for now the project is only aimed at assisting learners with lessons in mathematics, physical science, accounting, biology and English given by teachers at Edugate.

He said a total of 478 Grade 11 and Grade 12 learners at Edugate, Tsumkwe, Okakarara and Waterberg schools are receiving these lessons through the technology.

Governor Ipinge on his part at the event praised Edugate for exposing some rural school learners to their top-quality lessons offered by teachers at Edugate who have been producing top symbols in mathematics, physical science, accounting, biology and English at a higher level.

Therefore I am very pleased to see the Okakarara secondary and Waterberg junior being connected to this technology. I now only expect to see best results, nothing else, said Ipinge.

Source: Namibia Press Agency