Namibia: DSTV Education Bouquet for Namibian Schools

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MultiChoice Namibia together with the Ministry of Education is providing educational content from the DStv bouquet to schools and learning institutions throughout Namibia.

The partnership, whose aim is to promote and enhance ICT education in the country, has resulted in the introduction of the MultiChoice Resource Centre project.

"MultiChoice Resource Centers are part of a broad community development strategy designed to leverage MultiChoice assets and expertise for the development and enhancement of education in Africa.

"In Namibia, the program was implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and launched in 2004," said Claudia Blohm, public relations officer, Multichoice Namibia.

According to Blohm, there is no specific date set as to when this initiative will end and through the programme MultiChoice commits itself to help bridge the digital divide and has therefore prioritised ongoing education in its Corporate Social Investment program.

"MultiChoice Namibia is in the process of equipping an additional 25 schools with the DStv Education Bouquet, which will bring us to 225 MultiChoice Resource Centers across Namibia by the end of 2010," she said. She also said, the average cost per school for the hardware is about N$8000, then comes the cost of programming, support and training for the schools. The DStv education bouquet is proving to be very popular among the teachers and learners and this is evident from the feedback MultiChoice Namibia is receiving from the schools.

"As part of the schools commitment and counter-performance we require that the system is installed in a classroom where the system can be used to its fullest extend for the benefit of the students. We also require that the school provide a cabinet to keep the TV, VCR and DStv decoder safe from damage, dust or theft," she added. The Ministry of Education selects the schools where the MultiChoice Resource Centers are installed, and the DStv Education Bouquet is delivered at no cost to participating schools.

It comprises eight premium channels namely: The History Channel, Mindset Learn Channel, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC World, and NBC. Included in the sponsorship is a Panasonic 74cm flat screen television, a Panasonic VCR, 10 x VCR tapes and a fully installed DStv system, due to the difficulty in obtaining VCR's and blank tapes, a decision has been made to install DVD recorders this year.

The Economist, Namibia