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Deploying an e-Learning Environment in Zanzibar: Feasibility Assessment

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Deploying an e-Learning Environment in Zanzibar: Feasibility Assessment
The Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT) and the World Bank (the Bank) approached the EdTech Hub (the Hub) in April 2020 to explore the feasibility of implementing a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The Hub was requested to focus primarily on the deployment of a VLE in lower secondary education, and this report consequently focuses primarily on this group. The report is structured in four sections: An introduction to provide the background and guiding principles for the engagement with a short overview of the methodology applied.  An analysis of the Zanzibar education system with a particular focus on elements relevant to deploying a VLE. This includes the status of ICT infrastructure, and a summary of the stakeholders who will play a role in using or implementing a VLE.  A third section that discusses types of VLEs and content organisation, and their applicability to the Zanzibar ecosystem.  A conclusion with recommendations for Zanzibar, including short- and long-term steps. In this collaboration with Zanzibar’s MoEVT, the Hub team sought to understand the purpose of the proposed VLE. Based on discussions and user scenarios, we identified two main education challenges a VLE may help to resolve. In the short term, students cannot go to school during the COVID-19 crisis, but need access to educational content. There is content, but no flexible and versatile platform to disseminate content to all students. In the long term, a mechanism to provide students with access to quality, curriculum-aligned content in school, or remotely, is required.
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Technical Guidance
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Groeneveld, C., Kibga, E., & Kaye, T. (2020). Deploying an e-Learning Environment in Zanzibar: Feasibility Assessment [Technical Guidance]. EdTech Hub. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3941727
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