USAID Hands Over 3,500 MP3 Players To Government

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its implementing partner Education Development C on Wednesday handed over 3,500 MP3 life players to the Ministry of General Education.

USAID Hands Over 3,500 MP3 Players To Government
L-R: Anyieth Hon Deng Deng with some of the Ministry's officials, USAID and EDC officials during the ceremony yesterday. [Gurtong]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA–5 April 2013 [Gurtong] - This is to boost alternative learning programme in South Sudan. The life player mp3 Radios are electronic gadgets which have been pre-programmed with lessons for learners replacing the previous wind-up radio gadgets also distributed by the USAID.

The life players will be distributed to 873 schools and 359 adult centers for the Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (SSIRI) for the continuation of the “learning village” English and teachers professional development programme.

The project is part of the Alternative Education System (AES) which is a national educational strategy to create opportunities for more learning in South Sudan.
Hon. Deng Deng, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of General Education expressed gratitude to the USAID for the support, saying it will help in boosting alternative education in the country where over 73% of populace is illiterate.

“It will facilitate learning for a lot of children and adult,” said Deng.

He added the life players will benefit over 206,633 primary school children and 28,914 adult and youth as he called for more support in the education sector.
The mp3 life players have radio, solar battery that holds power for up to eight hours, digital CD player and can record and play.

USAID Representative Anyieth Ayuen speaking during the handover ceremony said the solar-powered players are handy and user-friendly in a new country like South Sudan where access to electricity is limited, teachers are in short supply and harmonized content is necessary.

A total of over 480 lessons for lower primary schools and 180 English literacy lessons for adults can be uploaded on to the MP3 players.


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