Evans and Audrey are in Grade 5. Their portable digital radio has become a crucial tool to ensure that they continue to learn during the pandemic. While, both children miss going to school, they can keep up with school through the radio lessons.
“The English teacher is my favorite. My friend Audrey visits me so that we listen together on the radio-and give each other guidance,” he said. “At first it was hard for me to follow because I like the class set up but I am getting used to it.”
Despite the challenges of limited access to internet connectivity, electricity or computers, Zimbabwean children are staying abreast of their schooling through alternative learning methods such as through digital platforms and radio programs.
Radio has become one of the key mediums for children to maintain much-needed educational continuity. Radio’s wide reach and relatively low need for technical know-how makes its deployment faster and easier than scaling up internet connections given the current emergency caused by the pandemic.