Following the announcement of the lockdown by the South African President, due to the Corona virus pandemic, a set of catch up programmes have been prepared in an effort to promote learning and teaching in homes.
Learners have not been in school since the emergency shutdown of schools on 18 March 2020. The Department of Basic Education(DBE) has come up with creative ways to assist and support learners and parents to recover lost schooling time through online and broadcast support resources, comprising of subject content and a focus on Grade 12 learners and the promotion of reading for all the grades.
The following are available content tailored to support our learners’ educational and health needs:
*Broadcast lessons working with the SABC TV and Radio,
*DSTV channel 180,
*E.tv has allocated a dedicated channel for 3 months on the Openview platform,
*Broadcast of lessons on COMMUNTY RADIO stations around the country,
*Electronic readers available via all platforms in partnership with Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and Cell-C,
*2Enable App as a freely downloadable educational platform with more than 2000 electronic readers in the indigenous languages,
*Promote the African Storybook series through the 2Enable App,
*The National Reading Coalition has identified extensive lists of additional resources and organisations that are willing to make their materials available,
*Free access to Siyavula Maths and Science support in partnership with MTN and
*Free access to the Vodacom Virtual Classroom.
Parents, teachers and learners are also encouraged to visit the DBE website, www.education.gov.za.
For more information on COVID-19, simply start a conversation on “WhatsApp” with the word “Hi’ to 0600 123 456. This is an official National Department of Health COVID-19 support service in South Africa, providing up-to-date information.