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-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Literacy Education. He will accompany this ministry for distance learning. Meanwhile, the Ayoba app allows students to chat online for free and without an internet connection. It is part of the EAD platform to better support students in their school curriculum. The implementation of these applications makes both companies proud to support this ministry in the digitalization of schools and the impact of education in the Republic of Congo.
Speaking on the occasion, Jean Baptiste Sitou, Director of the Department of Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Literacy Education, explained that the official launch of the two applications will ensure better access to education for schoolchildren in all places and at any time.
“The horrors of COVID-19 have allowed our education system to embrace the option of home education with online courses. The aim of launching these applications is to shape the digital generation, our students who benefit from this project must be at the forefront of these new technologies. As part of the public-private partnership, on behalf of the Minister of Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education and Literacy, I would like to congratulate and thank the leaders of MTN and Chevron Congo for this event,” he declared.
Katia Mounthault, Director of Public and Institutional Relations at Chevron Congo, recalled that for several years her company has always supported public authorities in the vision of development and reforms carried out, relying on public-private partnerships. others to implement projects in favor of sustainable development, quality of education and vocational training in the Republic of Congo. “In addition to the financial investment, our presence in these places again expresses Chevron’s commitment to align the Congolese education system with the new digital challenges of a world that is increasingly connected, digitized and constantly evolving. she indicated.
“Revolutionary tools to be used well”
Presenting the EAD application, Arsène Boukita, Director of the Information and Communication System at the Ministry of Pre-primary, Basic, Secondary and Literacy Education, said that the platform consists of the website www.ecoleadomicile.me and presents the official teaching programs and some model courses designed by researchers from National Institute for Research and Activity in Education. “This platform will allow all students in the republic to ask questions to experts and receive answers through the same platform. There is another Ayoba application on this platform provided by the MTN Foundation. With Ayoba, students and teachers will be able to create working research groups and exchange educational documents in audio-visual or text formats. he indicated.
For MNT Congo CEO representative Patrick Itsoua, investing in education means building a prosperous and stable society in which every citizen will feel part of the community. “Students need to understand that this is a real opportunity to have tools in their hands that will allow them to learn at home or elsewhere. These applications will enable schoolchildren to accelerate their knowledge and success in state exams. For teachers, they must not allow the use of these new digital tools to become an obstacle to the innovation of teaching methods. advised. Minister Jean-Luc Mouthou thanked the partners MTN and Chevron Congo to the students that these applications are revolutionary tools in the context of learning, that they must be used and used 24 hours a day.
“In fact, you won’t miss any teachers virtually, as you will always be in permanent contact with the teacher on the platform. With the other you will be able to communicate, exchange and ask all possible questions. There is wealth in men, strong enough for that, the president of the republic regularly calls us to this exercise, the total and effective support of this educated youth. These two devices should enable every student of the national education system to use the various lessons with one click, print them, study and improve their learning, ask questions through these platforms if needed and get answers to their questions. », explained the minister. Remember, the concept of EAD was born during the lockdown due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus to support students to stay connected with school, follow classes remotely and practice at home.