GTT, Education Ministry collaborate to support online learning
The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has joined forces with the Education Ministry to support online education for students, since the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a forced closure of schools.
The entities recently wrapped up an EduConnect virtual series, aimed at supporting teachers, parents and children as they adapt to online learning and instruction. The series was launched in response to changes in instruction, learning and entertainment due to COVID-19.
Participants of this online series were provided with information to better internet resources for learning and instruction. It mainly focused on creating and maintaining a positive online reputation, safe use of the internet, and the evaluation of online sources and searches to support the collection of credible and accurate information during research. The use of social media for learning and instruction was also covered.
Internal Communications Officer at GTT, Diana Gittens said they are aware of the challenges facing stakeholders in terms of connectivity.
“We are aware that many of our students, teachers and parents are facing challenges associated with increased online learning and virtual activities. Our teachers are adjusting to online instruction while our parents are now responsible for providing support…The collaboration between GTT and The Ministry of Education was integral to meeting the needs of these target groups by offering information and practical advice as related to online learning and safety.”
Director of the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), Jennifer Cumberbatch also expressed that they need to adapt to the new norm and make technology a part of the everyday setting.
“As we enter the period of what seems to be the new norm, the Ministry of Education further embraces technology as a critical part of our lives. We see our students learning through various modes – one being the use of online platforms. The MOE, therefore, is happy to partner with all stakeholders in making the continued learning of our students in a safe environment, a priority,” the education official expressed.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of GTT, Justin Nedd indicated the importance of education and that no child should be left behind.
He said, “GTT is committed to empowering communities around us to cope with the new normal. Initiatives like the EduConnect Webinar is a true indication that we are all in this together.”
Organisations such as Global Technology, BrainStreet and STEMGuyana shared their online programmes for the summer and the programmes that formed part of their online academic curriculum. Global technology provided two scholarships, each valued at $50,000, for two participants to complete studies at the institution. (G12)