Ethiopian Company Introduces Multimedia Teaching and Training Kits


Classic Education and Training Network, a local company engaged in producing educational software, introduced "the first of its type" interactive multimedia teaching and training support service for high school students from grade seven to ten, Company General Manager Engineer Wondimu Gezahegn told The Reporter.

The teaching and training kit, which is produced and printed in CDs, is prepared in text, sound, picture, graphics and motion picture forms. The teaching aid contains lectures, model exams, tutorial service and textbooks on five subjects: English, physics, chemistry, maths and biology.

The lectures are prepared both in Amharic and English languages while all the teaching supporting materials are based on the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, according to Engineer Wondimu.

The manager said that the company had developed software that protects unlawful distribution of the CDs that contain the teaching material it produces. The developed copyright protection software could as well be applicable for the film and music industry, according to Engineer Wondimu. "We have tested the software on a film and a music video clip produced recently and found out that it was successful," he said.

The company will initially provide the teaching and training support service printed on CDs at 100 selected centers (presently serving as internet cafes or computer training centers) in Addis Ababa, or in each kebeles found in the ten sub-cities, where each center will be employing at least five computers. Up to six students can simultaneously follow the lectures (or other programs) using a single computer and the company envisaged to outreach its service for about 35,000 students using these centers. The company aims to provide the service for all high school students in Addis Ababa and the whole country eventually. The manager said that internet cafes and IT training centers operational outside Addis Ababa can also buy the company's product and provide the service for students in the regions outside the capital.

"The service could be made available for all high school students if we can employ IT facilities in each high school," Engineer Wondimu said. "To this end, we are currently trying to approach and introduce the service to the respective personnel and representatives of the schools. But in the mean-time, we will be availing the service employing internet cafes and computer training centers in the city."

The manager said: "Our service will create a win-win situation both for us, the internet cafes or other outlets willing to offer the service we provide for students and the students themselves because the service will be made available for an attractive price for students while it provides a niche market for the service providing outlets."

According to the manager, the teaching and training kit the company developed will support the existing high school education. "Compared to the educational support provided via plasma screens in high schools, the multimedia teaching material we produced will have advantages in avoiding the rent being paid for satellite services which the plasma screen transmission employs, in repeating programs and providing text books, among others."

The company spent 1.5 million birr worth of investment in cash and in kind, according to the manager.

The Reporter