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DILI, 22 june 2021 (TATOLI)- More than 20.000 students have taken lessons with the online platform provided through the ‘Eskola ba Uma’  or ‘School Goes Home’ program, revealed The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Timor-Leste (TL), Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani.

UNICEF Representative to Timor-Leste, Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani (Image/UNICEF-TL)

The UNICEF representative also informed that apart from 24,431 there are 17,000 teachers who are actively using the online learning platform provided through the ‘Eskola ba Uma’ program.

“Currently have 24.431 users and 17.000 teachers who use this learning platform, the applications I include, This online learning that I have has all the textbooks and support materials, has voice and radio and from TV programs as many as 83, has 40 interactive audio books for students. people with disabilities and also have courses for other subjects and skills of young people around science, technology, etc.,” explained UNICEF Representative to TATOLI Journalists at UN House Caicoli, this tuesday.

However, from this figure, UNICEF itself does not determine how many students take part in learning TV and radio programs.

“Of course for the TV episodes we played, we don’t know how many people were accessing there, that number stopped significantly but we don’t know now,” he explained.

The Ministry of Education has conducted a survey of registered users and 60% of the responses from them said that they used the Eskola ba Uma Program at least once a day.

This platform has also developed a parenting package to help parents who support their children to study at home, this package will also increase simple activities that parents can do with their children.

This program also provides training for teachers on how to use technology, and it is hoped that all the materials that have been produced will become part of the school curriculum.

“We hope it becomes part of the curriculum, so that all the good material that has been invested is not in vain,” said Balil.

The resulting ‘Eskola Ba Uma’ initiative includes television programmes, radio programmes, e-books, the online Learning Passport platform, and printed books for children who are not digitally connected. Together, these initiatives are targeted to reach 350.000 children in the country.

The Eskola ba Uma initiative was created with internal funding from UNICEF and the Government of Japan, the Ministry of Education and partnerships with Microsoft, Timor Telecom, Telkomcel and Telemor Timor-Leste.

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Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Rafy Belo

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