Pilot of DBE Boxes under way to tackle challenges in basic education

THE Ministry of Education launched the pilot phase of installation of DBE Boxes (K-12 Digital Teaching Resources) yesterday at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw.

The installation of DBE Boxes, which can be accessed without Internet, is part of efforts for tackling the current challenges in the education sector, said Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi at the event held to mark the launch of the boxes.

Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said the ministry has speeded up reforms for the development of the education sector by laying down the national education strategy 2016-2021. But, the ministry is still facing requirements and challenges in some areas, such as the teaching environment, teaching aids, and capacity building of teachers.

“Thanks to the DBE Boxes, teachers from the Department of Basic Education would be able to easily access books, lessons, teacher’s manuals, and general supplementary textbooks for KG, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3, and on education policy, law, and reforms,” the minister said.

DBE Boxes include teaching aids with a Creative Commons License and have been designed by international universities and organizations for the purpose of education.

Teachers would be able to study the lessons and teaching sources using smartphones and tablets, said Dr. Myo Thein Gyi. He pledged to install the boxes in schools across the country after reviewing the survey of pilot schools.

“The installation of DBE Boxes is among the reforms based on technology being introduced by the Ministry of Education, and it can be said that the plan will develop educational teaching and learning through use of ICTs in accordance with Industry 4.0,” said the Union Minister.

Afterwards, the Union Minister handed out DBE Boxes (K12 Digital Teaching Resources) to District Education Officers from Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw.

Then, U Tin Maung Maung Aye from the Special Projects Working Group of the Ministry of Education provided information on DBE Boxes, and Deputy Director General of Department of Basic Education Dr. Tin Maung Win gave words of thanks.

The installation of DBE Boxes will start with 20 schools in Nay Pyi Taw, 20 schools in Yangon, and 20 schools in Mandalay, and the test installations will take place at Basic Education Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools.

MNA (Translated by Ba Htoo)

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Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar