Marrakech - Many young Moroccan children are now receiving their first tablet computers, now that they are widely available.
Marrakech – Many young Moroccan children are now receiving their first tablet computers, now that they are widely available.
The devices offer the chance to explore the world with only a Google connection, as well as being able to play games. The touch screen offers kids a new world of learning, which has important implications.
The BBC reports that tablets are now being used in schools in Cote D’Ivoire and some private schools in Morocco. The school curriculum is downloaded on the tablets, and has sounds and animations so that children have an easy-to-use reference and can avoid using too much paper.
The Qelasy tablet was created by Thierry N’Doufou, an entrepreneur in Cote d’Ivoire. The educational tablet has the potential to revolutionize the education system. Children take to touch screen technology with ease, and it opens up exciting opportunities for them and totally new techniques.
Some Moroccan schools have been equipped with laptops, but for young children the tablet can take the education process to another dimension. It is, of course, still important to ensure writing and reading skills are maintained. This new technology may help Moroccan schools to modernize their teaching methods and make learning an exciting and novel experience for the young.
The tablet is being provided to 5,000 students in Cote D’Ivoire, and will also be used by private schools in Morocco. They will each cost around $232 before tax in shops and stores. Inquiries for tablets have been coming in from France, Nigeria, Macedonia, Ukraine, and Senegal. It’s a fine example of African entrepreneurship in action.
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