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Learning tools for minority students

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The government partners with broadcasting networks to air televised learning programmes for students. KT/Khem Sovannara

The Education Ministry, in cooperation with partner organisations, is slated to distribute e-Learning materials worth around $10,000 to remote and rural areas in the Kingdom in a bid to assist students from minority groups and students with disabilities who struggle to continue their learning amid the pandemic.

The learning tools include televisions, computers, radios, speakers, digital cameras and video-editing materials, all of which will be distributed this week to provinces such as Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and Stung Treng, which have a high population of minority and disabled students.

Vong Saphose, director of the medical and travel security services firm AEA International and also one of the Education Ministry’s partner organisations, said that despite the ongoing challenges, students need to adapt to the new paradigm of digital learning.

“This pandemic teaches us that students can learn even outside the classroom. It lets us know that education can be accessed anywhere and anytime through the many digital platforms available today,” he said.

While acknowledging the low digital literacy, limited internet connectivity and the far-from-affordable smart devices that hamper the learning of remote and rural students, Saphose nevertheless said they must see the situation as an opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of the digital era.

Over the past three months, the ministry has been broadcasting learning programmes in multiple languages via radio for students who belong in indigenous groups. The languages are spoken in the tongue of Ratanikiri’s Tumpoun and Kreung indigenous peoples and Mondulkiri’s Bunong people.

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

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Ratanakiri provincial governor Thang Savon said students from all levels continue to be plagued with e-Learning barriers. Last year, about 756 students from the province were able to graduate from high school, 266 of whom are from minorities.


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