My Zone school project a success

About 600 000 children from pre-primary to grade seven could continue their education at home during the lockdown thanks to a joint effort by Namibia Media Holdings, the education ministry, Unicef and Hardap Freight Services.

06 July 2020 | Education

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK

The My Zone school project of Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) reached 600 000 children on a daily basis during the coronavirus lockdown period, it was announced last week.

The project was executed in collaboration with the education ministry and financial support by United Nations International Children's Fund (Unicef).

According to CEO of NMH, Albe Botha, the purpose of the project was to ensure that all children from pre-primary to grade seven received printed workbooks for a period of eight weeks, starting on 27 April.

Learn at home

The project also engaged children online during this lockdown period with https://www.zoshy.online.

“Over 5 000 000 workbooks were printed in eight languages and distributed to all schools in the country. Over 300 000 km was travelled in delivering the booklets free of charge to the schools,” said Botha.

Collaboration

In addition, all the workbooks were inserted in the daily newspapers of NMH, being the Republikein, Namibian Sun and Allgemeine Zeitung.

The workbooks were also inserted in The Namibian and New Era newspapers.

Botha said this 100% Namibian project would not have been possible without the input of over 100 teachers from the education ministry and staff from NMH and Newsprint Namibia.

He added that the project took up the challenge to reach 600 000 children on a daily basis and was done in collaboration with AMOS Meerkat Syllabus, Newsprint Namibia and Hardap Freight Services.

“The coronavirus challenges us as a country to rise above the problems it brings and allows us to work together for a better Namibia.”

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