On the 3rd February Edulution Zambia signed an MOU with the Zambian Directorate of Open and Distance Education (DODE).
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Joel Kamoko passing the signed MOU to Edulution Zambia's Program Managers, Mr Davies Kabo and Mr Ezekiel Miti.
The Permanent Secretary opened the meeting with a word of prayer and then welcomed everyone present and, after introductions the Assistant Director of DODE went onto say how he was excited that the day had finally come to sign the MoU and how successful the program has been in Zambia since it started in 2015. He cited examples from Kafue where he has first hand knowledge of the program. He said that the great results of the Edulution learners in the Grade 7 national exams are directly attributable to work being done by Edulution. He unreservedly endorsed the program and prayed that it could be rolled out to more schools in other parts of the country. The Permanent Secretary was especially glad to note that Edulution coaches have been directly impacted by the program and that they are a shining example of the transformational power of education.
Edulution and the Ministry of Education share complementary goals. Whereas Edulution typically promotes Numeracy education, MoE through its Directorate of Open and Distance Education (DODE), typically aims at expanding access to quality education to out of school children, youths and adults through the use of multiple methodologies enhanced through technology. The MoE through its DODE has a mission to “increase access to, and coordinate quality Alternative Mode of Education Provision (AMEP) through a variety of educational technologies, which promote lifelong education for development.
Some of the Key Objectives stated in the MOU include:
Guide and stimulate Grade four to seven learners in selected schools to work at their own pace while mastering important foundational concepts in numeracy and become more self-directed and independent.
Improve educational outcomes for learners who participate in the programme through regular testing and tracking individual progress and results.
Reduce unemployment and promote enterprise development in communities by providing jobs for young people to become coaches who facilitate learning.
Demonstrate how the program can be successfully scaled up to reach thousands of learners in all provinces across the country.