MTN’s online school virtual platform provides education to young people in South Africa
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga along with MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa today announced the launch of MTN Online School, a free online portal that offers a comprehensive digital curriculum for students. R-12 levels and additional features such as video lessons, assessments and other – Tuition courses for students in Grades 10-12.
The solution aims to increase access to curriculum-aligned educational content, as approved and provided by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa for grades R-12 and for learners with disabilities. special educational needs (LSEN), using a digital platform. The comprehensive content library will be added to the platform and made available over a three-year period, focusing on key topics.
âOur vision of the school sector is anchored in the National Development Plan which recognizes that education is the cornerstone on which will depend a nation that offers opportunities for social mobility, equity, social justice and democracy. MTN Online School is a suitable digital tool to take our basic education to the next level. The online portal is agile, innovative and modern.
With MTN’s innovation and commitment to societal change, today’s launch of the MTN Online School is a big step forward for education and ushers in positive change for communities across South Africa. said Minister Motshekga.
The solution, which was developed in partnership with DBE and the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), aims to meet the 21st century learning needs of South African children and close the worrying gap in access. quality education for young people. The integrated online education portal is supported and hosted on the MTN network and is rated without data for MTN customers, which means it can be used without any data.
âDigital transformation is taking place within a huge ICT ecosystem and for this ecosystem to flourish, we need young people to have access to quality education and learning essential to play their role in changing the world. world. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed South Africa’s urgent need for accessible and approved online programs and we are delighted to offer the MTN Online School, to do so.
Our aim is to enable young people to access the fundamentals of education to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in a way that enables them to access future opportunities. Today’s launch is the result of great partnerships and shows how together we can do more, be more and accomplish more, âsaid Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN SA.
“We believe in the future of South Africa and the education of the next generation, who must accelerate their recovery from the economic and personal devastation of Covid-19 to seize the future opportunities offered by education and learning. quality. The MTN Online School has been developed hand in hand with the Ministry of Basic Education and we are very proud to offer this portal which will immediately begin to create value for South Africans â, he said. he declares.
This initiative is part of MTN Group’s global âAmbition 2025â strategy to become the leading African provider of digital solutions by contributing to society through ICT, advancing digital education, skills and jobs.
Jacqui O’Sullivan, Head of Corporate Affairs, MTN SA, said: âMTN invests in technology, digital innovation and financial solutions aimed at improving lives and creating better outcomes for all.
âWe are extremely happy to welcome the young people of SA to our new online learning portal today. We intend to ensure that it is supported by continuous innovation to stay at the forefront of world class education. It also illustrates our ambition to accelerate digital transformation by building exciting, innovative and solution-oriented platform businesses in South Africa, âsaid O’Sullivan.
The MTN Online School specifically focuses on using the power of the digital world to complement and support the physical classroom.
âCovid-19 has wreaked havoc on schoolchildren around the world, but access to digital tools and solutions has proven essential to ensure children can stay connected and up to date. Building on the success of our partnership with Siyavula in 2020, this new platform aims to empower online tools to help teachers add value to their courses, teach digital skills and achieve digital skills. learners who need additional support.
To enhance and attract more learners to the virtual world now at hand, the portal will also focus on areas such as financial skills, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, as well as career guidance content. , with a focus on key careers where there are skills shortages in South Africa.
Among the key innovations, video lessons will be provided with a sign language interpreter to accommodate deaf learners. The portal includes an introduction to the early childhood development curriculum and African storytelling, with over 2000 stories, to equip children with good reading skills and improve their confidence, enabling them to learn and read from independently.
Additional features for the FET phase (grade 10 -12) include:
- Support for learners after school, on weekends, during school holidays and dedicated courses leading to exams
- A timetable to promote transparency and structure
- Learners can work at their own pace as lessons will be available on demand
- Online tutoring service will be provided to learners through a help function interface
- Pre-assessments (testing existing knowledge)
- Pre-recorded lessons to watch
- Tutoring sessions
- Feedback questions to resolve
- Live sessions presented by a teacher, recap of key concepts, focus on weak points identified by evaluations
- Post evaluations
- Learner analysis reports
Learners can also ask for help at any time or submit questions through the platform or the WhatsApp chat line