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All government primary schools to get multimedia classrooms

Update : 25 Oct 2017, 10:30 PM
All 65,000 government primary schools in Bangladesh are to be given multimedia classrooms, to promote ICT-based education among younger students and make it easier for them to understand material, while also making classes more interesting and attractive, an official told BSS. "We are working on bringing multimedia classrooms to all government primary schools, so that students get the opportunity to access the digital education system," said Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education. He added that multimedia classrooms had already been introduced to 12,000 government primary schools out of the 65,000. Dr Abu Hena further said that children find lessons more interesting in multimedia classrooms, as they can understand their lessons easily, adding: "We need quality content to make ICT-based education more effective and interactive to the students." Teachers at the primary level are given two-weeks of training so that they can develop quality content for their students, he said. Pointing out some infrastructural drawbacks, he also said schools in relatively remote areas would require solar power for digital classrooms. "Our success in primary education, particularly regarding increasing student enrolment, has been lauded internationally... Now we are placing focus on improving the quality of primary education," the official said, adding that multimedia classrooms were among the best tools to ensure quality education. Teachers' Portal is a platform for all primary, secondary and higher secondary teachers to find and share digital content for multimedia classrooms. Teachers from general, vocational and madrasa education systems can all become members of the portal. Regarding registration to the Teacher’s portal, Dr Abu Hena said: "There are 375,000 teachers at government primary schools. We are taking initiatives to register all the teachers with the Teachers' Portal, so that teachers can exchange their quality content and share their knowledge to develop more quality digital content". In 2012, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had launched multimedia classrooms at 1,000 schools throughout the country as a part of a massive digitisation campaign in the education sector. Breaking the widespread myth about ICT in education, which suggests they require the setting up of expensive computer labs to provide basic computer literacy and technical knowhow, the government introduced multimedia classrooms using one laptop with an internet connection and a multimedia projector per classroom, Mass and Primary Education Ministry sources said. This approach proved to be much cheaper than a full-fledged computer lab and thus economically more feasible, they added. The Directorate of Primary Education along with different organisations and development partners is working to promote ICT-based education at the primary level, aiming to improve foundation skills. As part of the initiative, the Directorate of Primary Education and USAID's Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) project, implemented by Save the Children in Bangladesh, jointly organised a daylong exhibition of teaching and learning materials recently. Shahin Islam, deputy director (partnership management) of the READ Project, Save the Children in Bangladesh, said amplifying the use of interesting and child-friendly educational ICT materials, innovative reading and storytelling activities, and the practice of learning from android apps would help significantly in ensuring competence in literary skills. He added that modern, ICT-based multimedia classrooms have opened up a new dimension in the teaching and learning systems of educational institutions. Digital content in multimedia classrooms has emerged as a tool for the students to come out of memorisation based knowledge, ending a more-than-a- century-old traditional teacher centred learning system, Shahin added.
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