Digital technology is changing education in Madagascar

Their ages range from 6 to 15 and they live on the outskirts of Antananarivo, almost in the countryside. Until this year, the pupils at this school shared a few school books in very poor condition ... and benches in four small classrooms.
 
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For several months now tablets have been enlivening classes throughout the school: maths, geography, natural sciences and more. Every subject comes to life, provoking questions, opening a window onto the world. Stimulated by the magic of the screen, lessons have become much more colourful.

The whole class participates, practising in small groups of three around a tablet. Every day, the tablets are moved to another class so that everyone can benefit. On 26 November, the tablets, which are linked to the mini server of educational content, were connected to the Khan Academy - to the divisions section to be more precise. They can now access every book in the school curriculum and the Malgache version of Wikipedia! The digital education kit is a valuable aid for teachers and an unprecedented stimulus for the 13,000 children at digital schools on the island: less absenteeism, more interactivity and much better marks!

>>> Tablets now regulate the day-to-day lives of the pupils at this school.

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In September 2014, Madagascar’s national Ministry for Education launched its “digital education” programme and immediately authorised the digitisation of school books in our kits. “A highly effective initiative in Madagascar. What counts is educational content.” says Christine Albanel, Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation. With 5% Internet users in Madagascar, “there is a huge challenge facing this new generation.”
Some years ago, we renovated the Ilafy school building. This year, we have turned it into a digital school. 30 digital schools have already opened their doors across the country. In 2016, there will be 58. Supportive digital technology for a wider future.

 

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