During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Côte d'Ivoire closed for three months. During that time, the Ministry of Education and Literacy (MENA), with the support of UNICEF and an $11 million grant from the GPE, implemented a distance learning service called “My School at Home” (Mon école à la maison).
My School at Home offered prerecorded video and audio content to pre-primary, primary and secondary students, across different time schedules, following the national curriculum progression. All episodes were also available on the national television’s YouTube channel.
You can view one episode here: Mon école à la maison | Tle - Français: Rédaction du résumé.
For students with disabilities, lesson plans and worksheets were offered in Braille for visually impaired students, and sign-language interpretation was provided during video lessons for hearing impaired students.
My School at Home played a crucial role in ensuring learning continuity for over three million students and preventing them from losing a school year by focusing first on classes for students preparing for exams.
How students related to the learning platform
In the village of Soumahoraudgou, Bérénice Yao, who is now 13 years old, listened to her courses on the radio while schools were closed. It was not easy for her to follow and understand all her lessons.
Fortunately, the principal of her school had taken the initiative to gather students once a week to strengthen the knowledge they had acquired and help them better understand what they heard on the radio.