Zimbabwe Launches Learning Passport
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in partnership with UNICEF has launched the Learning Passport. The Technology was initially designed to provide education for displaced and refugee children through a digital remote learning program. In Zimbabwe, over 4.6 million children have been out of school for a long period due to the covid-19 pandemic where access to traditional learning has been limited. Laylee Mashiri, UNICEF representative said, "It is a new solution designed to close the learning gap, a tech platform enabling high quality, flexible learning.
By Gamuchirai Manyame
The learning Passport is a key innovation meant to enhance learning pathways while providing critical continuous access to quality education". She added.
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Cain Mathema said" The learning passport has arrived when the government has launched its National Development Strategy 1(NDS1) which focuses on initiatives around inclusive education as well as innovative technologies that support alternative learning approaches from early childhood Development upward". He also said that the implementation of the NDSI will go a long way in supporting the catch-up strategy for the formal school curriculum.
James Maiden, Chief of Communications UNICEF Zimbabwe said, "At the moment any learner who has access to the internet regardless of location can register and learn on the Learning Passport. We are aware of the connectivity limitations in most rural areas and we are planning for an offline version that can be installed in schools. There are also plans to train the teachers on ways to use the Learning Passport in their classrooms. With the increased use of offline versions, many more children will be able to access these materials. Of course, access to devices is still challenging for many children, and with our partners, we are looking at some innovative ways to see how best we can increase access of children in rural areas to digital learning".