The initiative is taken to solve the existing problem of the Ethiopian school curriculum based resources, such as text books distribution, video tutorials through television and reference book problem in most of the schools in the country.
To solve these problem,
· we developed the digital educational server for the whole high school and preparatory college, that has all text books, video tutorials, and reference books.
· A tablet with grade resources (text books and video tutorials) full loaded so as to use them anywhere any time without the need for connection.
· A wireless network that needs to bridge the resource in the server, which will be installed in the school to the tablet. This helps the student to access more resources from within the school compound. This includes, other grade text books, video tutorials and reference materials with different formats, virtual labs, educational apps …etc.
· In the same way a course based library system is developed for Universities in Ethiopia. Though it was first designed for Medical Universities in the country it can be customized to all.
The way forward
We have signed an MOU with ministry of Education, for 5 years, for development, piloting and implementing the local digital content in Ethiopian schools. more ...
CBELS :- Course based electronic library system developed for medical universities is already implemented in 10 Universities, and this will be implemented in more universities in the future.
We have entered into an agreement with a company called “compulab” that manufacture server and wireless devices. Hence, we are the distributor in the country, and abroad neighboring countries. The server has the capability to serve 24 x 7, with high performance that support more than 4000 students at the same time, work on less power as 49 volt battery, with 3G connectivity, does not need cooling environment like other servers, and with less than 1/3rd price of the server in the market.
We have come to consensus with a company called “Instigate” on three areas of collaboration.
· To establish robotics lab that helps the student to exercise practical activities in programming and latest ICT technology.
· Establish UAV (Unmanned Arial vehicle) lab: -technical training to trainers, so that similar lab will be introduced in every region and school.
· Establish a Tablet assembly company through giving practical training to our staff, so as to assemble with local manpower and insure its sustainability.
· Work on cloud computing system, called “Metab” to interconnect school with offices to share information and update server automatically with or without internet. This helps offices to get first hand information automatically from schools, and can be used as input for researchers, and organizations working on education, to revise the content, policy and improve the quality of education, and identify area of collaboration.
After having the required certification on structural cabling with Datacomms and Siemons, in Kenya Nairobi, we are establishing the same training in Ethiopia, to have more local engineers in the country to strengthen the structural networking ability in our organization and in the country.
Solar panel solution: - after having discussed with different solar panel manufacturer and distributor, we have come to consensus with “Yanghui lighting factory” (a china company working with German for project in Ethiopia ) has good quality solution for different purpose. The solar panel can have the capacity to light the whole school, to individual tablet with fair price.
Ministry of Education (MoE) and University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Center For Global Health (UAB-SCGH) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) early in 2016 to develop a software and digitize the curriculum content of all MOE curriculum resources for Secondary and Preparatory Schools (Grades 9-12) including textbooks and recorded video lectures in a format allowing local delivery. UAB-SCGH together with local company, Support Education (SupEd) and a software company from Zambia have worked on the development since then.......
UNESCO’s motto is humanity and peace. In this case, we are always advocating for peaceful, inclusive and learning society. We found such technology, equalizer, to make between urban and rural, out of school children and formal school learners, and adults. We found this technology helpful to help the society to move together. The second point is, while technology helps to learn anywhere any time, we need parents to help their children, and children help their parents. As a UNESCO, as a point of cultural integration, we advocate for intergenerational learning. Families who are actively participating in their children learning, particularly in girl’s education and their children achievement, and also to have basic cultural, educational and economic points, we are looking for a technology that binds generations. Having this technology alone may not by itself bring sustainability. We have to have a consortium of activities practices.
As UNESCO, education have five elements. Context, content, materials, method, assessment and the resource person that moves everything in coherent. Human training in this case will come to a very important point with this technology." (
Mr. Samuel Asnake
UNESCO Ethiopia Office Education Program Coordinator ) More..
Technical Group from MOE and Regional Bureau
The team visited the two pilot schools, Burayu and Chacha General Secondary and Preparatory Schools,
on 14th and 15th of November 2017, to get the actual overview of the pilot project. They have discussed with the school principals, teachers and students, after having visited activities performed(Educational service, which includes educational tablet and offline digital library) with in the school compound.
"We have sent out technical team to visit the field, and the feedback proves its importance. We are convinced and agree in its implementation in the schools in the region. Supporting education through technology is one of the tools for the improvement of quality of education. I want to pass my appreciation to Support education, the local partner and UAB Sparkman center on delivering this project. " (Mr. Tefera Bayissa, Amhara Education Bureau, Deputy Head ) More..
Very Happy to have tablet, and resource server
this technology is an equalizer. It equalizes us with the student in developed country by reducing the digital gap through availing as many digital resources that we need for our education, which was not possible previously. Secondly, we come from faraway villages, we were to carry many books, but now I come with just a single tablet, with much more resources. I have all textbooks and video tutorials in this device and can access all grade 9 to 12 textbooks and video tutorials and other reference materials including simulations and educational apps, by connecting to the school server.
( Bekele Cherkos,
Student Chacha General Secondary and Preparatory school )