A new e-learning platform, ‘Wolo’, dedicated to delivering lessons online, has been launched in Accra.
The portal, whose name is derived from the Ga word for book, is meant to be a place where senior high school students can go for educational resources and videos. The project is also designed to offer skills training to students.
Director of Corporate Affairs for Wolo, Jackie Ankrah, in a statement, said, “Through the power of technology, students in our high schools will be able to access quality tuition from some of the best teachers in our elite schools, irrespective of where they live.
“Our skills training programme is designed to empower and enhance human capital by offering practical knowledge in various spheres of life,” the statement stressed.
The portal, which can be accessed at www.woloafric.com, is expected to deliver a unique learning experience to patrons through multiple channels.
Can be accessed via web, mobile, digital television
The web portal can be accessed through web, mobile applications and digital television, and will offer students a range of flexible options to study at their own pace, anywhere and at any time.
Library and bookstore available
The platform also has a library and bookstore – which is open to do business with publishers and authors – and will cater for the literary needs of the students.
The launch of this new e-learning platform comes at an opportune time when many students are expected to go on their Christmas break.
Students have to register on the website
The statement urged parents to register on the website for updates and alerts on courses.
Uptake in e-learning in Africa rising
The launch of Wolo is another stone in the African e-learning structure, which since the late 90s has seen an acceleration in the uptake in e-learning services all over the continent.
In countries like Tanzania, Mauritius and Nigeria, e-learning services have become a big part of the education sector.
Virtual education platforms on the rise
The growth in use of virtual education platforms is mainly due to the ease of access and their relative cheapness, when compared to the prohibitively high costs of tuition fees for traditional classroom-based education.
80% of online e-learners are from developing countries
Access to online courses is very high on the continent, with a 2016 research by the US-based network of researchers, Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA), finding that 80% of online e-learners are from developing countries.
Source: The Finder