LPM Student Command distributes learning materials
05 May 2020 | Local News
The Landless People's Movement (LPM) Student Command, a student body under the political party, has committed to the fight for access to education.
With government moving to e-learning in response to the coronavirus lockdown, the student body will print and distribute study materials to learners across the country.
Through established networks with teachers, the Student Command is in the process of receiving content from teachers from various regions and compiling as well as printing these into useful learning materials for learners.
Their target is learners residing in poor communities and rural areas who may not have access to online learning platforms.
The project is currently fully funded by the LPM. “We do not have any other NGOs or government bodies assisting us. We would love to have some of them coming on board to assist with printing costs,” said spokesperson Bayron van Wyk.
“If a constituency has maybe three teachers who have responded to our call, we will head first to those constituencies, but the others will not be left out,” he said.
According to Van Wyk, teachers have responded well to the initiative.
“Since Covid-19 has taken over our schools, it's about how we are assisting in this crisis,” he said, adding that the education system has been hit hard and although approaches such as e-learning are being implemented, they are not accessible to every learner in the country. “The situation at higher institution, we think, looks better than at basic education level,” added Van Wyk.
Urging learners to remain steadfast in their studies despite the difficult time, Van Wyk advised them to utilise the material and remain in contact with their teachers.
Full-scale distribution is set to take off this week, but distributions have already been made in the //Karas, Erongo and Khomas regions, he said.