FBC partners Education ministry on e-learning initiative

HARARE - FBC Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Primary and Secondary Education ministry under which the bank will finance e-learning at 20 schools which scooped the Secretary's Merit Awards.

As part of the partnership between the two organisations, FBC Bank will buy e-learning equipment for two schools (a primary and a secondary school) in each of the country’s 10 provinces.

This year alone the bank has bought 900 tablets (mini laptops) and 20 teachers’ laptops.

The e-learning classroom (at each of the Secretary’s Merit Award-winning schools) will be equipped with 45 mini laptops (tablets), one teacher’s laptop, a standard projector and an interactive whiteboard.

Permanent secretary Sylvia Utete-Masango, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Primary and Secondary Education ministry, hailed FBC for investing in education.

“We partnered with FBC bank in 2016. We are happy that FBC came forward and said they wanted to walk the journey with us. The partnership is not a one-off,” said Utete-Masango.

She added that the prestigious Secretary’s Merit Awards present a perfect platform to recognise excelling schools.

“The adjudication starts at cluster level (five to seven schools). We have 1 300 clusters the whole country. The clusters compete at district level and they come with a winning primary and secondary school. Then the schools compete at provincial level. We also include independent colleges and satellite schools,” said the permanent secretary, adding that winning schools are recognised on the basis of agreed criteria.

“In a nutshell we are looking at governance issues, how the school interfaces with the community, the academic results, the implementation of the new curriculum, the general welfare of the learners and the general out look of the school.”

FBC Bank managing director Webster Rusere, who signed on behalf of the financial institution, said they agreed to come on board as a partner because the “e-learning programme is in line with its core values.”

“We at FBC have embraced lifelong learning as one of our core values. We believe the world is going digital and by actually creating the e-learning classrooms we are actually saying this is the beginning. But as we go on we must set ourselves targets to make sure that each and every child at school has access to the e-learning classroom for research, assignments etc.

“The partnership affirms our commitment towards supporting universal access to education and high quality information and communication technology (ICT) based knowledge systems.

“The fact that you are actually covering the whole country is something that we recognise very well. We are represented as FBC in each and every province and therefore we resonate with your quest to ensure that this exercise is not limited to the big cities but covers the whole country,” Rusere said.

The Secretary’s Merit Award-winning schools that are benefitting from the FBC Bank-financed e- learning initiative are Glen View 2 Primary School, Glen View 2 Secondary School, Mazowe High School, Ngezi High School, Mavhudzi High School, John Cowie Primary School, Nyamuzuwe High School, Mpumelelo Primary School, Montrose High School, Sihlengeni Primary School, Solusi High School, Thornhill High School, Mwenezi Government High School and Helen MacGee Government School.


 

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