MultiChoice Namibia resource centres improves school pass rate

AS part of its Corporate Social Investment, MultiChoice Namibia has donated and installed 150 DStv Education Bouquets to Namibian schools.

Dr. Elijah Ngurare, Board Member of MultiChoice Namibia travelled to the Caprivi Region from 19 to 24 June 2009 to visit the MultiChoice Resource Centres that have received the DStv Education Bouquet.

“I applaud MultiChoice Namibia for complementing our Ministry of Education in providing quality education to our children and future leaders of our country,” said Dr. Elijah Ngurare.

“My visit to the Caprivi Region has confirmed my conviction that the DStv Education Bouquet is providing schools, especially those in rural areas the opportunity and access to knowledge and education resources of the 21st Century,” Dr. Ngurare continued.

The MultiChoice Resource Centre program utilizes the MultiChoice digital satellite technology platform to support and enhance the learning and teaching experience in selected schools.

The Namibian Ministry of Education selects the schools where the MultiChoice resource centres are installed.

“The program plays an important role in providing access to information to schools, in particular rural schools, thereby helping to bridge the digital divide between schools with access to information and those without,” says Kobus Bezuidenhout, General Manager of MultiChoice Namibia.

“The DStv Education Bouquet is excellent for all grades,” said the, Head Master at Isize Secondary School. “It has improved our Grade 10 learners pass rate from 56% pass rate to a 70% pass rate.”

MultiChoice Namibia is in the process of equipping an additional 50 schools with the DStv Education Bouquet, therefore activating 200 MultiChoice Resource Centres across Namibia by the end of 2009. With 632 combined schools in Namibia, MultiChoice Resource Centres will penetrate 30% into Namibian schools.

Support to teachers is provided in training sessions, which focuses on integrating resources into lessons, to enhance learning for teachers and students alike.

The DStv Education Bouquet is delivered at no cost to participating schools. It comprises eight premium channels namely: The History Channel, Mindset Learn Channel, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC World, and NBC.

Included in the sponsorship is a Panasonic 74cm flat screen television, a Panasonic VCR, 10 x VCR tapes and a fully installed DStv system.

Dr. Ngurare concluded that his visit to the MultiChoice Resource Centres proved fully functional, aiding in education and knowledge for our Namibian Youth.