The GPE grant has also supported the training of teachers in the use of digital platforms as well as in the creation of content tailored for this type of learning.
This training was considered essential to ensure the smooth functioning of the distance learning platform of the Ministry of Education (E-ME), as well as of the other selected platforms (Teams, Google Classroom, etc.). By partnering with national and multinational enterprises, the country was able to connect teachers and families on a cost-effective basis. The participating companies include:
- The Nucleo Operacional da Sociedade de Informação (NOSI), which provided technical support to enable the distance learning platforms (such as Moodle);
- TMais and CVTelecom, telecommunications companies that provided free packages to enable connectivity to public e-gov sites; and
- Microsoft Office, which provided Office 365 software.
The GPE grant helped increase the skills of the majority of primary and early secondary school teachers in the use of distance learning tools as a complement to face-to-face instruction: 3,445 teachers (including 2,294 women) were trained.
Furthermore, thanks to the GPE grant and support from other partners, 32 teachers were trained in production techniques, producing lessons that were broadcast on national television and radio, as well as via educational radio and community radio stations. These lessons promoted continuity of learning for children between April and July 2020, when schools were closed.
Adaptation to distance learning
Given the challenges associated with the pandemic and the reduction in the number of hours of in-person instruction, the project provided ongoing support to teachers in the production of educational television classes for the 2020/2021 school year. These courses serve as a complement to classroom teaching.