Ethiopian school children receive 9 new educational channels on Ethiosat TV

The Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MoE) along with various other organisations has launched nine new educational TV channels on Ethiosat TV platform to enable the continuity of learning for school children who have been at home since 16 March amid COVID-19 school closures.

These educational channels, which will be available to broadcast in 8 languages in different regions in Ethiopia are available exclusively on Ethiosat TV platform on SES’ NSS-12 at 57 degrees East. “Forming a crucial component of our COVID-19 education response plan, these new TV channels offer a fast, scalable solution for distance learning for Ethiopia’s school age children,” said Minister of Education, H.E Dr.-Eng. Getahun Mekuria.

Eight of the new educational TV channels will be named according to the region they serve, and one will be for the MoE. “This is a solution that not only provides continuity of learning during the COVID-19 crisis, but also strengthens the resilience of the Ethiopian educational system to respond to other crises in the future,” added Ekin Ogutogullari, Country Director for Save the Children in Ethiopia.

From a connectivity perspective, Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video, notes that satellite connectivity is ideal for broadcasting these essential educational channels as it is the most reliable and cost-effective way to reach millions of people across a wide area. “SES will continue to support every aspect of the COVID-19 education response operation by providing on-the-ground services to ensure uninterrupted access to these educational channels which are exclusively available on Ethiosat.

Instructions to view Ethiosat TV channels:

Ethiopian households should contact their local satellite antenna installer to simply re-configure the position of their home’s antenna to allow them to receive the content. There is no need to buy a new STB or antenna, as all Ethiopian households that currently have an antenna and TV will be able to gain access to these educational channels by simply turning their dish onto Ethiosat on NSS-12 at 57E, or contacting their local trained Ethiosat installers.

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