London, 2nd April 2014 - Teachers Media International (TMI), a global provider of online professional development services for the education sector, today announced an agreement with SES to launch an e-learning pilot project in Liberia through an incubator program for education.
The scheme will use a satellite connection to deliver TMI’s educational resources to improve teacher competency. An assessment of what the e-learning scheme should include and how it should be delivered will be carried out before the plan is implemented, with SES Broadband Services delivering the satellite Internet required. The project will be partly funded by BizClim through the incubator program and will add to SES’s proven track record of providing broadband access for education in Africa.
Angela Ney, Founder and Head of International Business Development, TMI, said: “With broadband connectivity TMI is now able to reach rural Liberian schools and provide sustainable Ambassador Teacher and Literacy Support Programs, which can actually be replicated throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.”
With e-learning, teachers are able to acquire knowledge, learn how to process information and collaborate. It also imparts ICT skills to teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as enhancing the quality of students’ results by connecting teachers to training programs.
“The project with TMI is a concrete example of the e-learning projects that we want to lead in Africa,” said Christine Leurquin, VP, Institutional Relations, SES. “In addition, we recommend that the African Government identify and immediately deploy major e-school pilot projects in two to three African countries.”
The partnership follows recommendations made during the fifth EU-Africa Business Forum, which aimed to engage the private sector in sustainable and inclusive growth, with education among a variety of topics covered during the two-day event which took place in Brussels on Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1.
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About Teachers Media International (TMI)
Teachers Media International (TMI) is headquartered in the UK and has offices in Canada.
More information about the team behind Teachers Media International can be found at www.teachersmedia.co.uk/about-us
Teachers Media International (TMI) is a global provider of online professional development, training products and services, designed to enhance teacher professional skills and improve student educational outcomes. Providing the latest thinking in teaching, TMI offers a combination of workshops, teacher ambassador mentorship training, broadcast TV, online, multi-media products and services to dramatically improve education outcomes at national and international levels.
Teachers Media International (TMI) was established by key personnel involved with Teachers TV, as well as fresh talent from business, UK and international education. Teachers TV was an innovative on-demand video service and broadcaster that launched in 2005 and closed on 29 April 2011. It was funded by the Department for Education and provided a unique professional development service to the whole of the education workforce.
About SES Broadband Services
SES Broadband Services, a 100% owned affiliate of the satellite operator SES, provides high-speed broadband service solutions via satellite. The service is marketed via distribution partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and offers a unique opportunity to individuals, businesses and communities to access the internet independent from any terrestrial infrastructure. SES Broadband is technically available across the entire fleet of SES and able to support Triple Play services combining broadband access with Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and TV reception. For further information on residential services please visit www.ses-broadband.com or www.ses.com/broadband-services for business applications.