Now more than ever our solar and wind-up Lifeplayer MP3s are needed in radio schools in Zambia. The national broadcaster stopped airing Learning at Taonga Market due to unpaid fees by the Ministry of Education, plunging tens of thousands of pupils into crisis. Their education simply stopped. Plans are a foot to bring it back on air, but our Lifeplayers will keep children learning.
We’re working with Zambia’s Ministry of Education to pre-load primary school content onto the Lifeplayers for distribution to radio schools. Teaching mentors are trained to use the Lifeplayer and to work with the audio lessons. Communities can choose when the best time to listen is based on their needs.
For example, farming communities may need their children to assist with planting or harvesting in the mornings. School lessons can be played in the afternoon. If children miss a lesson for any reason they can make it up. If they didn’t understand something, it can be repeated.
Please help us keep thousands of children in school and learning with a program that they love. Taonga Market learners are just as likely to score higher in literacy, numeracy and life skills than government school children and radio schools are completely free. This is important as they’re found in the poorest areas and more than one-third of the children are orphans.
Taonga Market is still being broadcast by community radio stations, so some rural children are listening to their lessons on our Prime radios. But for those whose education ended with the switch of a dial, our Lifeplayers provide a practical and scalable solution.
Please help us keep these children in school.
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