Director of Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) in the Ministry of Education Joshua Valeta, has urged Malawi to embrace e-learning, especially this time when the country has been hit hard by Covid-19.
He said embracing e-learning could help the country attain its goal of providing quality education in line with the Malawi 2063 agenda.
He said this in Salima during a validation and strategy drafting workshop for Open Distance e-Learning Policy.
Said Valeta: “This framework is going to help us in terms of establishing an environment that is enabling for anyone who would like to adopt Open distance and e-Learning to do it well and making sure that quality is assured.”
He said, so far, there is increasing interest in ODeL, saying a lot of institutions have begun to adopt the concept.
In his remarks, Civil Society Education Coalition programme manager Kisa Kumwenda said the ODeL policy will respond to some of the challenges facing the education sector due to Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “We failed to respond on how best to provide education in the midst of the pandemic and yet in other countries higher learning in higher education that they were able to continue with their studies through e-learning,” he said.
He commended government for the policy which would help many learners access quality education.
Central East Education Division manager, Billy Chikhwana Banda, said the ODeL model was good as it will enable more children to access better quality education in the country.
Participants to the validation workshop were drawn from the Ministry of Education, education division zones, Malawi Institute of Education, the civil society and public universities, among others. n