By Adama Tine
The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) on Wednesday launched ilearnGambia, an online distance-learning platform that seeks to digitalize the school curriculum to ensure access to equitable and quality education for all in the country.
The platform is said to have been created and developed by the Communications Unit of MoBSE to give students the opportunity to learn anywhere and at anytime.
At the launch held at the Regional Education Directorate of Region One in Kanifing, the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Claudiana Cole said ilearningGambia platform is one of the flagship initiatives undertaken by her ministry in response to digital education action plan as enshrined in the education sector policy 2016-2030.
She said in response to the policy, her ministry is committed to providing equitable, inclusive and quality education for all students in the Gambia, both in times of stability and in emergency situations like the Covid-19 pandemic that has greatly impacted global education systems including the Gambia.
She added that the Gambia joined the list of countries that ordered for total closure of all schools and other learning institutions in the country in a bid to contain the spread of the Covid -19 pandemic, and keep students safe.
However, she said in responding to the situation, her ministry swiftly instituted an education emergency response team comprising of diverse education stakeholders to find solutions and ensure that children’s rights to learn was not disrupted by the closure of schools.
According to her, ilearnGambia is a digital platform that provides a safe, accessible and centrally monitored system for teachers and administrators to uphold and host instructional materials including tailor made video lessons customized across grades and subjects to support distance learning for students.
The Principal Education Officer at MoBSE, Kaddy Bah said in science and technology education, they are vigorously putting up efforts to strengthen the integration of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning for the education policy 2016-2030.
According to her, the directorate has designed and implemented numerous interventions geared towards the promotion and improvement of teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and English Language.
“Before the government decided to close down schools as a measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, the directorate was already at an advanced stage in the use of technology in teaching and learning,” she noted.