By Adama Tine
The Gambia National Commission (NATCOM) for UNESCO and stakeholders on Friday validated the ‘Mapping of Current Situation of the Digital Learning Environment in The Gambia within the Context of Education Response to Covid-19.
The validation forum sponsored by UNESCO and held at the NaNA Conference Hall in Bakau brought together stakeholders who deliberated on the draft report before the validation.
The director of Curriculum Research Evaluation Directorate (CREDD) at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) Momodou Jeng highlighted their interventions regarding the use of technology in Gambia’s education system.
“We have made commitment to use technology to complement the face-to-face traditional teaching and learning in The Gambia and since this commitment, we have had a series of initiatives, by piloting the use of technology in some cluster areas in 2009 and have also established six hubs in regional offices meant for promoting the distance and blended learning,” he said.
He also highlighted the use of tablets for the development of early literacy and numeracy in 2014/2015, the development of science and mathematics in Upper Basic and Senior Secondary Schools in 2012. He further said that English language is now added, while they are exploring the use of artificial intelligence to track real data on learning.
Maimuna Sidibeh, Principal Program Officer at NATCOM explained that the study is a mapping of existing learning platforms at national levels which are meant to identify stakeholders to be engaged in digital education teaching and learning activities during Covid-19 and beyond.
According to her, the study adopted both qualitative and quantitative methods with the survey to gather primary data from targeted respondents while the key informant interviews and stakeholder consultations attempted to solicit the views of other key stakeholders and partners.
She also noted that there have been numerous initiatives, processes and practices with features of distance education and remote learning in the education sector, thus helping the country build education resilience and strengthen its capacity to adapt digital learning in emergencies.