Bhutan’s e-learning project iSchool, a cooperation of Swedish telecommunication solutions provider Ericsson, Bhutan Telecom, Bhutan’s Ministry of Education and the government of Bhutan, launched with six pilot schools bringing high quality education to some 250 students in remote areas.
Faculty from the so called master school will connect via video lesson to interact and collaborate directly with the students in the pilot schools. The ninth graders will be taught in a variety of science subjects, but also English, Mindfulness and Environmental Studies are on the lesson plan.
Mr.Karma Yeshey, Director, Department of School Education, Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan, said:
“Building a young educated workforce is a priority for the Government. By working with Ericsson and Bhutan Telecom, we believe we can enhance the quality of education for young students across the remotest of areas of Bhutan. Upon successful implementation of this project we endeavor to extend this initiative to approximately 200 remote schools of Bhutan across grades.”
Whereas Ericsson provides the schools with its video conferencing technology and Bhutan Telecom guarantees for high-speed mobile internet connections of 8Mbps, the Education Ministry takes care of the appropriate curriculum and content for distance learning.
According to Nidup Dorji, CEO, Bhutan Telecom
“Broadband is the cornerstone of delivering high quality services and enabling economic opportunities for citizens. Providing last-mile connectivity to the schools is a key delivery and we look forward to bringing this opportunity for a 21st century education to students in Bhutan.”
Ericsson is not new to the issues of helping developing nations leverage their potential. iSchool is based on global education initiative Connect To Learn that fosters quality education everywhere through ICT.
The company is also working together closely with Facebook on the Internet.org project to find new ways to offer bandwidth intensive tasks like video streaming on 2G networks. The progress being made in Rwanda will undoubtedly benefit the project in Bhutan and vice versa.
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