Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education launches ilearnGambia, a digital learning platform

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has on Wednesday launched ilearnGambia, a 24-hour online platform that seeks to promote and enhance access to equitable and quality education.

The platform seeks to provide students with the opportunity to have access to fair and quality education, so as to recover from the devastating impact brought by COVID-19 on the education sector.

When the pandemic was at its peak, Gambia was one of the countries that ordered complete closure of schools to keep students safe from COVID-19.

Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Claudiana Cole speaking at the launching ceremony

The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Claudiana Cole, described the move as histrotic and assured her ministry’s effort in providing quality education for all.

“This is one of the flagship initiatives undertaken by my ministry in response to our digital education action plan as enshrined in the education sector policy 2016-2030,” she said.

Minister Cole continued: “In response to the policy, my ministry is committed to providing equitable, inclusive and quality education to all students in the Gambia, both in times of relative stability and in emergency situations like the covid-19 pandemic that has greatly impacted on the global education system including the Gambia.”

The Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah said his ministry’s support in this process cannot be overemphasized.

Minister Sillah revealed that his ministry will create a synchronized platform where all radios and television stations across the country will have direct access to.

“And all what MoBSE will do is to upload this content on that platform and it is digitally delivered to all the collaborators so that you don’t have to have the opportunity of delivering the face to face,” he said.

Evou Lawerence Mendy, a software engineer and the founder of Kameko who was part of the people that developed the ilearnGambia platform, highlighted some of the challenges they faced during the process.

“Some of the challenges is that this is not a manwork. This is something that has to do nationwide. In that case you need to be very careful when developing such a platform. You need to consult the right people. All those things were challenging but at the end of the day we were able to come together and we delivered it.”

The ilearnGambia platform, first of it’s kind, is expected to usher in a new era in the country’s educational sector.

The platform is available for everyone in the country to access quality education to bridge the gap of inequality that rural Gambians have been experiencing over the years.

The phase two of the project is expected to commence anytime soon and will have the offline version that can be used without the internet.

Currently about hundred videos have been uploaded on the ilearnGambia platform and more videos are expected to be uploaded.

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