BY JOHN MOKWETSI
Contemporary musician, Jah Prayzah in partnership with UNICEF has released a jingle to coincide with the commemoration of the Day of the African Child to help promote the Learning Passport. The jingle is trending on the social media platforms.
June 16 was set aside by the Organisation of African Unity (now African Union) as Day of the African Child to commemorate to highlight and awareness about the education system in Africa.
As a United Nation agency that works towards improving education for children, UNICEF launched the Learning Passport in collaboration with Microsoft originally designed to provide education for displaced and refugee children through a digital remote learning platform. The Learning Passport has since expanded to more countries and offers country-level curriculum for children and youth.
Its launch in Zimbabwe came at a critical time when over 4.6 million learners in Zimbabwe have been out of school for extended periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MOPSE) together with UNICEF embraced the opportunity to accelerate digital-assisted learning.
Through an active collaboration, and regular engagement, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Microsoft and UNICEF built the Learning Passport Zimbabwe.
The Education Technology platform was officially launched in March 2021 with a goal of reaching 300,000 learners by end of 2021.
You can create a Learning Passport account here.
Here is the jingle by Jah Prayzah.