Telecommunications group MTN launched its MTN Online School, a free online portal that will offer a digital curriculum for school children from grades R-12. The online school, which the Department of Basic Education has endorsed, will offer additional features like video lessons, assessments and extra-tuition lessons for Grade 10 to 12 learners.
It will also focus on areas such as financial skills, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, and career guidance content, focusing on critical careers where there are skills shortages in South Africa. Among the key innovations are video lessons that will be provided with a sign language interpreter to accommodate deaf learners.
It has to be noted that the portal also includes an introduction to the early childhood development curriculum and African storytelling, with over 2,000 stories, to equip children with good reading skills and improve confidence, enabling them to learn and read independently.
Godfrey Motsa, Chief Executive of MTN South Africa, commented on the project saying: “Our aim is to enable the youth to access educational fundamentals to tackle the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in a manner that allows them to access future opportunities. We believe in the future of SA and the education of the future generation, which needs to accelerate its recovery from the economic and personal devastation of Covid-19 to embrace future opportunities made available through quality education and learning”.