The School at Home (EAD) platform is the result of a partnership between the MTN Foundation and Chevron Congo, as well as the Ministry of Pre-School, Primary, Secondary and Literacy. She will accompany this distance learning ministry. Meanwhile, the Ayoba app allows students to chat online for free and without an internet connection. It is a component of the EAD platform to better support students in their school curriculum. The implementation of these applications is a source of pride for both companies to support this ministry in digitizing schools and impacting education in the Republic of Congo.
In his speech on the occasion, Jean-Baptiste Situ, director of the Pre-School, Primary, Secondary and Literacy Department, explained that the official launch of these two applications will ensure better accessibility of lessons for students in all places and at all times.
“The horrors of covid-19 have allowed our education system to embrace the option of home learning with online courses as a result. The purpose of launching these applications is to form a digital generation, our students, the beneficiaries of this project, should be at the forefront of these new technologies. Within the Public Private Partnership, I would like on behalf of the Minister of Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education and Literacy to express my congratulations and thanks to the leaders of MTN and Chevron Congo for this action”, he declared.
Katya Mounthault, director of public relations and institutions at Chevron Congo, recalled that for several years her company has always supported the public authorities in the development vision and the reforms carried out, relying on public-private partnerships. , private-private and others to implement projects in favor of sustainable development, the quality of education and training in the Republic of Congo. “In addition to the financial investment, our presence in these places once again expresses Chevron’s commitment to align the Congolese education system with the new digital challenges in a world that is increasingly connected, increasingly digitized and in constant evolution,” she hinted.
“Revolutionary tools must be put to good use”
For his part, presenting the EAD application, Arsen Bukita, Director of Information and Communication System at the Ministry of Pre-School, Primary, Secondary and Literacy, indicated that this platform consists of a website entitled www.ecoleadomicile.me and presents official curricula and some model courses developed by researchers at the National Institute for Educational Research and Action. “This platform will allow all students in the republic to ask questions to specialists and get answers through the same platform. On this platform, there is another Ayoba application provided by the MTN Foundation. With Ayoba, students and teachers will be able to create working research groups and exchange educational documents in audiovisual or text formats. he pointed out.
For MNT Congo General Manager Representative Patrick Itsua, investing in education means building a prosperous and stable society where every citizen will feel part of a community. “Students need to understand that it is a real possibility to have such tools in their hands that will allow them to study at home or elsewhere. These applications will allow students to accelerate knowledge and success in state exams. As for teachers, they must not allow the use of these new digital tools to become an obstacle to innovation in teaching methods.” he advised him. Thanking partners MTN and Chevron Congo, Minister Jean-Luc Mutou told the students that these applications are revolutionary tools in the context of learning that should be used and used 24 hours a day.
“In reality, you won’t miss any more teachers virtually because you’ll always have that constant contact with a teacher on the platform. With the latter you will be able to communicate, exchange and ask all possible questions. There is wealth in men, strong from this, the President of the Republic regularly calls us to this exercise of training, of full and effective support of this educated youth. These two devices should allow every student in the national education system to be able to take advantage of the various lessons with one click, print them, study and improve their studies if necessary to ask questions through these platforms and get answers on your questions. », explained the minister. Remember that the concept of EAD was born during the lockdown due to the coronavirus health crisis, with the aim of supporting students to stay connected with school, follow lessons remotely and practice at home.