Testmonials

Mr.Nigussie Beyene (head MInister Bureau)

  

It is time for technology. There are different alternatives, but too expensive to reach all within a short time. As we all know we have many students, they are in millions. But this is one of the better alternatives and I advise the beneficiaries to use this solution effectively. We believe it has already created a good opportunity to improve the quality of education in general and your academic achievement in particular. We appreciate the effort made by educational bureaus and respective school management in implementing the pilot project that we expect to benefit all based on close follow up and evaluation. MOE is making a lot of effort in supporting education through technology. One of them is the Clouding System we are implementing in 300 schools. But this one is the best alternative to reach most of our students as an affordable cost. The project will also motivate self-learning, and students will not always depend on their teachers. They can assist themselves through this available content anywhere any time. Students now have abundant and up-to-date resources in their hands. They can come to class with more information and raise many questions, which also motivates teachers. Hence teachers should update themselves more than before and work harder to answer questions and direct students. We expect more from teachers. 

If we are organized and work hand in hand, this opportunity that is being implemented in the Burayou and Chacha schools, will reach other schools. MOE will work with development partners and regional education bureaus and find a way to reach many other schools. We therefore advise the beneficiaries, to use the resource properly and improve their achievements, and to be exemplary to others.  

Mr. Berhanu Moreda (Geenral Education Minister Advisor)

     

Though there are a lot of challenges in   adopting new technology easily as it requires continuous discussion with   stakeholders, we will organize meetings and initiate discussions with   educational bureau and respective departments of Ministry of Education and   development partners, to see the way forward. We will work hard on it and we want to adopt and find a way to reach   other schools with these resources. This resource should not only be used for   Burayou students  as each of you has   friends and neighbors from other schools. It should  be shared, and more users should benefit. We   expect one Tablet to be used by more than four other students from other   schools, and shortly will become a resource of the community. 

Mr. Elias Girma, (Director, Planning and Resource Mobilization Directorate )

  

We believe that this project supplements the effort made by the MOE for some time in last years, in improvement of quality of education especially through implementing technology. This project helps in reaching schools in this regard. Based on the evaluation result of the two piloting sites, we consider this technology to be introduced to all schools in the country through MOE leading roll, in organizing all stakeholders. I want to thank you all stakeholders and regional bureau and schools who participated in these efforts.

Professor Craig Wilson, Director, UAB Sparkman Center

     

This is a milestone, and it is a starting   point not the end goal. It is a significant milestone to our goal of   addressing the challenge of lack of text book and internet. I am not going to talk about the hard ware,   the server, the network, the router and the access point. The milestone is   about the software, without software, digitized resources and content we   wouldn’t be having discussion of optimal hardware. You can use any hardware,   but without content you go nowhere. As an example this is the digitized   content that you can use on the “Cloud” project. But instead of using wired internet,   we connected the server with the wireless access point in the school. Hence   all servers in the schools are replicates of the cloud, from which all   students can access content through wireless access point. 

Mr. Samuel Asnake UNESCO Ethiopia Office Education Program Coordinator

  

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. 

Genet Kebede Student Chacha General Secondary and Preparatory school

  

“Previously we use plasma lessons only in the classroom which is highly affected by power disruption and limited by space. Now we have the video lesson and the textbooks in our tablets and we can access it anywhere and anytime. This creates more discussion time in our classrooms and also makes us spend more time in our study and with our teachers. In addition to this, the project gave us access to best and up-to-date educational resources by downloading from the server. One point to be considered, the intermittent electric supply must be supplemented by using solar charger for our tablets. With this points in mind, I can assure that, there will be great change in our achievement.”  for More information 

Our Achievements

The First Milstone Cermony (March 2018)

  

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.......


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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 )

for full procedings ...

proceeding of official Milestone Nov 14 to16 2017 (pdf)

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