New digital platform launched to facilitate distance learning

09May 2022
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
New digital platform launched to facilitate distance learning

A new digital platform has been launched to facilitate distance learning to secondary school students in the country and thus help address some challenges facing the education sector.

Dubbed “TESEA App”, the application which has been developed by a Digital Academia (T) Ltd (DATL), will help majority of Tanzanian students to access studies, materials and books anytime and wherever they are something will help boost their performance in classes and examinations.

Speaking during the launching event in Dar es Salaam over the weekend DATL director Abdul Mombokaleo, said the app allows students to access educational materials and other valuable skills anywhere, anytime, whether they are traveling, at school or home.

Mombokaleo said in a World where disasters and outbreaks were on the rise, investing in a sustainable digital learning system is a matter of paramount importance.

“Covid-19 outbreak, for example, has sent a great alert to the government and education stakeholders to think on how to come up with systems which will enable our children to learn without considering whether they are inside or outside the classrooms. The learning circle should be prepared to be effective even in situations where students may be unable to attend classrooms,” he said.

He said: “Students by themselves or with support from parents and guardians can open the app and access videos and material that have been produced as per schools’ curriculum.” he said.

“Both O-level and A-level students from form one to six can use the TESEA mobile app to search for course contents or buy subscriptions for their grade which is as low as 100/- per day, learn through video and audio content published by well-known publishers, download assignments, take tests for completed courses and get credits,” he explained.

Chairperson of the Tanzania Association of Managers and Owners of Non-Government Schools and Colleges (TAMONGSCO) Dr Alfred Luvanda urged school owners to use the app so as to reduce the burden of shortage of teachers.

“We experienced how Covid-19 pandemic affected the education sector as during school closures, a number of children remained home without learning, so innovations like these need to be extended all over the country,” he said.

During the event, DATL organized a quiz competition among students where some of them emerged winners going out with learning tablets and cash prizes.

Constantine Swai, a form one student at Barabara ya Mwinyi Secondary School in Temeke District emerged the first winner and went out with a new tablet and 200,000/-.

“I have learnt that studying hard and being confident is everything, I came here in the conferment hall without knowing that I may become a winner, but when the moderator called some students to go forward, some people fear but I went for the quiz and this is what I have got,” Constantine said.

He said; “This tablet which I got today will help me learn online anytime and thus improve my performance, I like school so much.”

Three other students went out with tablets and cash prizes.