Audio Lessons Through Radio for Primary Education Set for Launch -With Support from UNESCO CapED Programme for COVID-19 Educational Response for Bangladesh

To ensure the continuity of learning, with the support from UNESCO Capacity Building for Education (CapED) programme, the Bangladesh Government is going to broadcast lessons ‘Ghore bose shikhi’ for primary education school students through radio, from 12 August 2020.

Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) has issued office order that broadcasting lessons will be through AM-693 Megahertz, FM Band of Bangladesh Betar and Community Radios from 12 August. The lessons will be broadcasted from 4:05 pm to 4:55 pm from Sunday to Thursday every week. The lessons will be available both radio sets and all types of mobile phones. Area-wise information for connecting with radio to listen to the lessons are as follow:

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and school closure,the lessons of primary education have been broadcasted through Bangladesh Parliament Television since 7 April to ensure continuity of learning. However, for many students, televisions are unavailable at their homes.

In an effort to reach those who do currently not have access to the educational content broadcasted on TV, with support from UNESCO Dhaka Office and Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office, Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) of Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME), has prepared educational audio lessons for primary level education that are launched on 12 August, aiming to reach primary students nation wide, especially the marginalized students.

The broadcasting of audio contents will cover four core subjects (i) Bangla; (ii) English; (iii) Math; and (v) Social Science, in line with National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and National Academy for Primary Education (NAPE). An offline and online software system will be used to monitor the learning. Besides, studies will be conducted on user-experience and efficacy of radio and mobile-based distance learning programme.

For more information of UNESCO Education Response to COVID-19 in Bangladesh, click here: https://en.unesco.org/node/325704

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