Digital school handouts, a simple innovation at the service of children and quality education
Improving access to quality education for children and youth in Chad continues to stumble upon basic issues such as availability of teaching and learning materials. As a way to overcome this challenge, UNICEF has engaged with Label 109 in the digitalization of school handouts. An innovative pilot project that is changing the learning experience for Gassi and Walia secondary schools 4th graders.
“I started using the digital handouts shared by our teacher in September 2017. Since then, my grades have improved. That’s why I encourage all my friends to do the same and even to share with those who don’t have a tablet or a smartphone so that they can also access and improve their grades too. Like that, together, we can learn quicker and we will not succeed alone.” Hamid Mahamat, 17 (left), student of Mr. Bouayom Anderson Djimadoum, the secondary school teacher who initiated TchadEducationPlus project at Lycée Technique Commercial La Paix in N’Djamena.
“I am lucky to have a tablet, a smartphone and internet. This allows me to access the e-books from both the app and the website. Once downloaded, I share them via Bluetooth with my friends who don’t have that privilege. I find this new way of learning amazing because it saves us a lot of time and so far, it had helped each of us to study better and improve our performance in class. It would be great to extend the experience to other grades and schools in Chad so that no one is left behind. It is too cool to be kept for ourselves alone.” Abdelkerim Mahamat Ali, 19, Mr. Bouayom’s student at Lycée Technique Commercial La Paix in N’Djamena.
“Since I have introduced the mobile application to my students and used the teaching e-books myself, they are more interested and focused in class. The time I used to read one chapter while students were writing down their notes has significantly reduced and made room for Q&As sessions out of which students leave the class with a better understanding of the studied subject. I have shared the experience with 7 additional teachers from our school so far, who are now testing the project with their own students.” Mr. Benoit Kowe, maths teacher at Lycee de Gassi, 4th grade.
“Converting paper handouts into digital ones to teach and learn saves a lot of paper, keeps parents and teachers from spending money on hard copies, and spares a lot of time! From my experience, I can confidently say that this has improved the quality of the teaching and learning process, and made it more interesting for students through the use of new technologies.” Mr. Bouayom Anderson Djimadoum, secondary school teacher, initiator of the digital and educative project TChadEducationPlus.
Through the Tchad EducationPlus project, UNICEF has supported Label 109 in the digitalization of 4th grade lessons handouts (in English, French, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) from Saint Francois Xavier secondary school. More than 1,000 students from Walia and Gassi secondary schools in N’Djamena have now access to free-of-charge digital school lesson handouts developed through the project by a group of teachers, improving their learning experience and chances of success. While tested in 2 secondary school, the handouts are now openly available through the website and mobile phone app and can be easily shared using Bluetooth, a phone memory card, a tablet or as more classical hard print copies.