Windhoek, Mar 25 –COVID-19 taught us that times are changing, and we need to adapt to it swiftly. With these changes, many schools took to online learning during the pandemic, but other, not so fortunate ones were left behind. Fortunately, there are visionaries in the market who have already anticipated a future that might require a different way of learning.
In line with their continued commitment to being Connectors of Positive Change, Capricorn Group saw the opportunity to drive education future-forward in Namibia for secondary schools in remote areas. Capricorn Group announced a sponsorship of N$300 000 to EduVision, an online learning platform operating as a Section 21 company. EduVision connects remote schools to the internet, offers effective interactive classroom teaching within the known environment and community, helps improve senior secondary results on AS levels, equips the school with modern e-learning techniques, and does so much more to transform schools into modern learning environments.
Eduvision Online Learning (EOL) was officially launched in 2018, by his Excellency, the Vice President of Namibia, Dr Nangolo Mbumba. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength and is currently a well-established e-learning institution that carries the endorsement of the Ministry of Education. Schools now part of the Eduvision Online Learning (EOL) programme are Tsumkwe Secondary School at Tsumkwe, Cornelius Goreseb Secondary School at Khorixas, Waterberg Junior Secondary School outside Okakarara and Okakarara Senior Secondary School at Okakarara. Several recorded lessons in various subjects were also made available to Okonguati Secondary School near Opuwo, Outjo Secondary School in Outjo, Oputuawanga Senior Secondary School at Opuwo, Kamanjab Junior Secondary School at Kamanjab and Mureti Secondary School in Opuwo.
Education falls into one of Capricorn Group’s primary focus areas for its corporate social responsibility programme, and the EduVision project is one of sustainability that involves several beneficiaries, including 3829 disadvantaged learners in rural areas whose lives will be connected with positive change.
“Capricorn Group is continuously looking at ways to make a positive difference in our communities. We are proud to partner with EduVision as it has a proven track record and has shown positive results,” said Marlize Horn, Group Executive: Brand & Corporate Affairs. The Group also indicated that they are happy to collaborate with Paratus, an associate company of the Group, on this project and hoped that other affiliated companies would join in later.
Frikkie Louw, the EOL project owner, indicated that One Africa TV approached EOL to make lessons available for nationwide broadcasting during the lockdown periods. They considered themselves fortunate to provide this service to all learners. Mr Louw also said, “We are very thankful to be of service to the Ministry during these difficult times but also hopeful moving forward to assist learners in the remote areas of our country with modern e-learning techniques.”
Currently, the project focusses on connecting remote schools with trustworthy and high-speed internet, Zoom sessions, workshops, e-learning software, modern smartboard technology, interactive lesson presentations (visual, audio, and interactive writing). They also record lessons using Panopto, stored in the Amazon Cloud, where the project schools and their learners have access to these lessons at any time and place. In the times we live in, these forward-thinking projects go far in helping and growing our country.