EU-Pick Tutorial to revolutionise distance learning
At a time when governments across the world have suspended school terms in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, the biggest challenge faced by the education sector is how to ensure learning continues outside the classroom.
Three gentlemen from Francistown may just have the answer.
Lawrence Khuwa and Vincent Sebele of EU-Pick Tutorial are spearheading distance learning through videos, audio and using indigenous languages.
In an interview with Voice Money, Khuwa revealed they decided to translate learning materials first to Setswana after realising many students fail primarily because they do not understand due to the language used during lessons.
“In January we distributed tutorial videos in secondary schools around Francistown,” he said, adding this was done free of charge.
Khuwa said they have approached more schools to start uploading the videos, which can then be shared with students using other mediums such as USB, compact discs and even audio.
“It has to be something kids can use at home, because we do understand that not everyone has access to a computer. We also have the audio version of the tutorial material for students to listen to during their spare time,” he said.
“We’ve tested these videos and our students all posted impressive results,” declared Khuwa, revealing they also plan to roll out the programme to primary schools imminently.
The third piece of this jigsaw is Dr Tampiwa Chebani of Tach Multimedia who explained the project’s overall target is to improve results in both junior and senior secondary schools which have been on a downward spiral in recent years.
“We’re also looking at the modern student and are trying by all means to use gadgets that they are accustomed to!”
Dr Chebani noted that the 21st century learner is used to consuming content through audios and videos via the many gadgets available in the market.
“Most don’t really want to sit in class and listen to a teacher and we thought the use of videos would be more appealing and fun,” he added.
He further said since they use indigenous languages it also enhances learning and makes it easier for parents to be more involved in their children’s schoolwork.
“Through these videos we’re able to do remote tutoring for kids living in far places. It is also ideal for parents who can’t afford tutorial fees,” he said.
The determined trio further told Voice Money that they intend to approach private companies and propose a partnership or collaboration in an effort to increase EU-Pick Tutorial’s reach.
Currently the learning materials, which focus on areas that historically students have struggled in, are only available in Setswana but they plan to release a Kalanga version soon.