The recently signed Memorandum of Agreement between Multi Choice and the Ministry of Education will see Community Junior and Senior Secondary School students around the country getting access to Digital Satellite Television (Dstv) free of charge.
So far, about 23 schools are benefiting from this initiative.
Speaking to Sunday Standard, Multi Choice Public Relations Executive, Tshepo Maphanyane, said that the already existing schools have had the service for close to two years.
She said that the educational bouquet consists of 9 channels that are perceived to have educational content such as Mindset Learn, Animal Planet, National Geographic and others.
She further said that the selection of these channels was done in a way that the content from the programs complements the syllabus, adding that the channels will offer multiple provisions because they will be run without any time limitations. The channels will also offer for content to have repeats and they can also be recorded.
Maphanyane also said that the channels are not just for students but can be used for community building purposes where members of the community can come and watch programs that engage them, citing global warming as one issue that the community can be engaged in.
She, however, said that there will be monitoring on the programs to ensure that they are not underused.
Maphanyane added that Multi Choice provided the installations of the hardware and the training of teachers on how to operate the equipment. The equipment provided includes television sets, recorders and decoders.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Grace Muzila, applauded the initiative and said that education should link up with other sectors of the economy. She said that if there are no facilities or equipment available, the ministry will not be able to deliver the mandate.
Muzila said that when children get educated, they are educated for a bigger purpose outside the classroom, which is to serve Botswana and Batswana at the end of the day.
Muzila said that even if somebody has what it takes, they will not be able to use that to their full potential if the environment is not conducive. She concluded that she hopes the equipment will be fully utilized for the purpose intended.