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UNICEF South Africa/2017/Reddy
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UNICEF South Africa Chief of Education Dr Wycliffe Otieno explains UNICEF’s engagement with M-learning.

Pretoria, 10 May 2017 -  In a world of fast-evolving technology, the concept of ‘mobile-learning’ (or “m-learning” as it is known) is becoming an increasingly popular means of educating learners, in South Africa and globally.

Innovation is key to this goal and with this in mind, UNICEF South Africa, with the national Department of Basic Education (DBE) hosted a Knowledge-Sharing Workshop on Mobile Learning in Pretoria.

Participants comprised key m-learning innovators from both private and non-governmental organisations. Issues discussed included Mobile Learning Best Practice, Assessment and Play, Mobile Broadcasting and Mobile Apps.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Granville Whittle, Deputy Director-General of DBE expressed his departments interest “to learn from your experiences, particularly what has worked and what is not” with regard to mobile learning innovations already underway in South Africa.

The workshop followed a recent evaluation of the ukuFUNda Virtual School (UVS), an innovative m-learning service launched and piloted by the DBE with support from UNICEF and the Reach Trust (formerly known as Mxit Reach) in 2014.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Wycliffe Otieno noted that m-learning programmes must be “applicable, scalable, sustainable and credible,” while reiterating UNICEF’s support to DBE in the collective commitment to provide quality education to children in South Africa.





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