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E-Learning via radio for ethnic students

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A boy takes notes during class at Ratanakiri province’s Kres Primary School. Supplied

The Education Ministry will broadcast live education programmes in multiple languages on radio for indigenous children while schools nationwide are temporarily closed to prevent a coronavirus spread.

A ministry press release said yesterday the programmes will be broadcast from April to June in the languages of

the Tumpoun and Kreung indigenous people in Ratana- kiri province and Bunong ethnic people in Mondulkiri province.

“The Education Ministry has prepared the broadcast and selected the appropriate time for airing according

to the actual needs of the community,” the ministry said.

It has also advised directors of the Department of Education and relevant education officials in the two provinces to disseminate

the information to parents, guardians and students and create a suitable atmosphere for study,

The Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said yesterday the radio broadcasts are aimed at providing e-Learning opportunities for indigenous children studying in kindergarten and primary school from Grades 1 to 3.

Pa Satha, Ratanakiri provincial education department deputy director, said yesterday there are nearly 40 multilingual schools catering to Tumpoun and Kreung indigenous people in the province which are currently suspended to prevent the spread of the virus.

He said his department has organised a working team to help produce the educational programmes, which are expected to start being broadcast next week.

“In addition to broadcasting multilingual educational programmes through radio stations for indigenous children, we are studying the possibility of developing an e-Learning programme through radio for all students too,” he said.

Cheav Kimsreng, 37, from Ratanakiri province’s Banlung city who has a daughter in kindergarten, said yesterday he supports the transmission of the broadcasts on radio stations to help children to receive an education at home, in addition to parental teaching, while schools are still closed.

“The establishment of education programmes for small children over the radio is the best alternative, because there is less access to internet service and also fewer television sets in rural areas,” Kimsreng said.

On Monday, the Ministry started airing distance learning programmes or e-Learning for Grade 1 to 12 over the National Television of Kampuchea (TVK) and through more than 50 cable TV channels throughout the country.

The education ministry has also developed an App for students at all levels and allowing to download learning programme videos including e-School Cambodia and Wiki School Apps and students can also watch educational videos on YouTube, Facebook and also those produced by e-learning centres.

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