Skoool goes to Zambia
An innovative ICT-based learning initiative by Intel and AfriConnect Development has now been extended to schools in Zambia.
The Intel skoool initiative, already operational in Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Libya and South Africa, uses a range of ICTs to deliver learning materials to children.
In collaboration with Zambia’ s Education Ministry, it has now been officially launched in Zambia, with a focus on maths and science.
In Zambia, its is running in collaboration with AfriConnect Development’
s e-learning package entitled iSchool.zm.
The official launch of the initiative comes after the companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2010 to collaborate in order to deliver a localised version of the skoool learning and teaching technology, tailored to meet the requirements of the Zambian school curriculum.
“ Great progress has been made in the past six months and we are delighted to be rolling out the first phase of the initiative,” said Thabani Khupe, director Intel Corporate Affairs Group.
“ We have delivered 250 learning objects, which are specifically tailored for the Zambian education curriculum and based on identified areas of difficulty in the subjects of science and maths,” he said.
The skoool resources are designed specifically for the students and teachers of these subjects and the programme leverages the expertise of top teachers in these fields for the development of the content included in the learning objectives.
The project now includes a portal to deliver maths and science content to students and teachers, integration of skoool modules from other established skoool sources and provision for offline delivery of skoool maths and science modules via local school server installations and CD delivery.
New multimedia educational material is being developed, globall e-learning content is being localised, computer labs will be deployed where necessary and teachers are also being trained.
Intel has collaborated with SMART Technologies, creator of the SMART Board interactive whiteboard to support the design and development of skoool.com.
The Intel educational initiative is a global, multi-million dollar programme focussing on preparing today’ s students for tomorrow’ s challenges. Intel’ s wider collaborations with governments and leading non-government and private sector organisations to support national education systems has resulted in skoool being available in more than 30 countries.
For further information on Intel skoool and where it has been implemented visit www.skoool.com
What the kids say:
I use the internet for e-learning especially during the holidays when I am away from school and I need to catch up on a few topics. The internet has therefore exposed me to so many things I never knew before. - Salifya M, Mpelembe Secondary School in Kitwe.
“ Thanks to the internet, the last time we had a chemistry test, I passed. I went through a whole lot of multiple choice questions on the net and they turned out to be almost the same problems that were in my chemistry paper. The internet rocks! - Maleeka W, SOS High School, Lusaka