The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport collaborated with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and Cellcard to release a Distance Education app on Tuesday, a new programme which will make it easier for students and teachers to access educational content through mobile devices.
Cellcard will offer a “Cellard Free Data Distance Education Programme” which provides free data for teachers and students accessing educational material on the app between 6am and 11am.
Minister Hang Chuon Naron said in a joint press release: “We moved 10 years ahead of time to introduce digital education to the education sector in Cambodia.”
He said digital education in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will play a crucial role in transforming the digital economy. The sector, he said, requires human resources to manage and administer smart systems.
“To advance to a digital economy, digital education shall be in place. Cambodia can change the Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity by establishing e-learning platforms to maintain quality, equity, inclusiveness and life-long learning to students,” he said.
Chuon Naron said the ministry has been establishing the foundation for digital education in response to the technological age.
He said teachers and relevant stakeholders have received technical training to better deliver online education to students.
The press release said that the distance education app will provide a series of teaching videos in line with the standard curriculum of the education ministry for grades 9-12.
Cellcard CEO Ian Watson said: “This is a great innovative programme for Cellcard to support the government in its efforts to keep students learning during this time and as the operator, we are here for them and support them in their studies and future careers.”
Ministry of Education spokesman Ros Soveacha said the ministry had been collaborating with all stakeholders to advance digital education to Cambodian students.
“This work is part of the ministry’s vision for digital education and in line with the Education Strategic Plan 2019–2023,” he said.
Soveacha said in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, the education ministry has been broadcasting teaching material on channel TVK2.
It also established three digital forums to deliver online education at www.youtube.com/moeys,www.?facebook.com/moeys.gov.kh, and www.elearning.moeys.gov.kh.