Students across Cambodia can now study online with a new app launched yesterday in a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), Ministry of Posts (MPTC) and Telecommunications and mobile network operator Cellcard.
The innovative app named “Distance Education” was developed by the technical team of NIPTIC, with support from the MPTC.
The telecommunication partner, Cellcard is providing free data for the teachers and students accessing the App between the hours of 6am and 11am under its “Cellcard Free Data Distance Education Programme”.
All students and teachers using Cellcard connections in the Kingdom of Cambodia can enjoy hassle- and cost-free access as they continue their education, learning and teaching via their mobile phones.
MoEYS said it appreciated the outstanding technical team of NIPTIC and MPTC for the collaboration on developing the app, which is now downloadable.
The Distance Education App will provide the series of teaching videos in line with the standard curriculum of MoEYS from Grade 9 to 12.
Under the agreement, Cellcard will be providing free data access to the new app in a bid to maintain education standards with quality and equality during school suspensions in the Kingdom of Cambodia forced by COVID-19.
Hang Chuon Naron, minister of Education, Youth and Sport, said: “to advance to a digital economy, digital education shall be in place”. Cambodia is able to transfer the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity by establishing an e-learning platform for continued education.
“We move 10 years ahead of time to introduce digital education in the education sector in Cambodia,” he said
The digital education in the context of Industrial Revolution 4.0 plays a crucial role for Cambodia to transform the digital economy and governance whereby these sectors require the human resources to manage and administer smart systems.
Cellcard Chief Executive Officer Ian Watson said: “This is a great innovative programme for Cellcard to support the government in its efforts to keep students learning during this time.
“As a proud Khmer operator we want students to know we are there for them and support them in their studies and future careers.”
The main goal will be to ensure that e-education services reach all students in the Kingdom and that Cambodia will reduce the digital divide as much as possible.