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Remote learning for poorly connected communities

Use dedicated television or radio channels to share learning content with communities where broadband connectivity is not readily available.

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  • Parent/Caregiver

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Establish a dedicated channel (radio or television) where teachers can share learning content with students. A channel can be established per grade with time dedicated for each channel. Each lesson can be packaged as a podcast and made accessible through a number of channels  i.e. WhatsApp, SoundCloud & MixCloud (credit: @Danielle De La Fuente , 

Furthermore, all teachers will be provided with a common lesson plan aligned to the broadcast and they can then provide their students with telephonic support through a toll-free number which can be manned after broadcast lessons. Additionally other social media platform, such as Facebook can be used to provide personalised support. 

All areas requiring special attention are noted by each student and the teachers can take calls from their students to address these on a call-by-call basis. Dedicated time per student can be round robin. Large classes can be broken into much smaller classes by introducing volunteer teachers into the system. This is important to ensure that all students received personal attention.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Large classes replaced with call centre like student support, manned by qualified and knowledgeable teachers. In the long-term replace dedicated teachers with mentor teachers. Teachers who teach on channels are only the very best with students having access to the very best teachers regardless of location. Teaching that is dependent on in-person classrooms. Accessibility of lessons on demand through podcasts. Free access to broadcast and telecommunications services to all students/learners.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a parent based in South Africa where most children have not had any education for more than three months. This is largely due to poor network connectivity in some remote areas of the country. 

What region are you located in?

  • Southern Africa

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Photo of David Enders

Hi Sello, thank you so much for contributing to the platform!
I appreciate your motivation to help rural and impoverished communities to still get the education they need and deserve. It would be amazing for such a program to be offered on public television. Maybe this could even be beneficial as an option when schools resume their previous operations? Also, have you thought about how this idea could be implemented? Maybe television channels could be casted to ask for donated air time? I can imagine such a program might need significant community support.


Photo of Sello Lehong

Hi David,

Thank you for the brilliant suggestions.

Most developing countries still have public broadcasters (both radio and television) which makes the idea for donated broadcasting air time relatively easier to implement. So that's a great idea, thank you for that.

Evolving the idea so that it continues to be provided even once we are out of this is something that will need to be tested. If the quality is higher than in the schools, I see no reason why the students will not find this attractive.

Photo of David Enders

Hi Sello,
Thanks for your response, and I am glad that you are optimistic! Of course school will still have higher quality when schooling can resume, but I was thinking that this type of broadcast could be appealing as learning supplements, or separate workshops focusing on topics that might not be taught in schools, so that children are given the opportunity to further expand their knowledge, without having to search for outside programs or tutors that might cost money. Just a thought! Love your idea!


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