The Centre National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS) the implementing and coordinating agency for Technology-Mediated Learning and ICT development under the Ministry of Education has organised a training programme for over three hundred teachers with various background across the country as part of the secondary improvement education program (SEIP). The training focused on the effective use of iBox and iCampus Virtual Learning platforms which have been developed and deployed by CENDLOS in the national quest to reimagine education through ICT solutions.
While the iBox is an offline learning platform which does not require the use of internet data to access educational content, the iCampus is internet data-driven. The icampus currently has over two million subscribers with three hundred and fifty thousand active users. Speaking at the opening ceremony held at Erata Hotel in Accra and virtually broadcasted to Kumasi and Tamale, the Executive Director of CENDLOS, Nana Gyamfi Adwabour explained the rationale behind the two Virtual Learning interventions which is to compliment teaching and learning at all levels, with a current focus on SHS.
The Executive director of CENDLOS made it clear that the President his Execllency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo and his Minister Hon. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum is poised to leverage on current ICT solutions in their quest to deliver quality education to every Ghanaian irrespective of location. He also assured participants of the Ministry’s and agency’s full commitment to give teachers the needed ICT training to help them develop new online pedagogical techniques. The Head of CENDLOS further revealed that over one hundred and fifty four Senior High Schools have already benefited from the iBox, with an additional eighty-five being installed and a projected hundred more by the end of the second quarter of 2022.
Participants commended the Ministry of Education and CENDLOS for the innovation and training. They also gave inputs on how best the E-Learning platforms could be further improved to provide the needed equity for all students around the country.
The content on the iBox and iCampus platforms comprises lesson notes, lesson video and interactive quizzes on seven elective subjects and four core subjects.