By Confidente Reporter
SINCE it is ‘Back to School’ month and education becomes a high priority for parents and teachers alike, MultiChoice Namibia says it offers a wide range of educational programming via DStv and GOtv platforms to give children a head start.
MultiChoice recognises that education remains a priority in Namibia. “As a responsible video entertainment operator in the country, the company opted to invest heavily in this field and their corporate social initiatives leverage their powerful digital satellite platform to make a difference to the lives of students and teachers across Africa,” said MultiChoice Namibia General Manager Roger Gertze.
At the moment both DStv and GOtv platforms are offering a range of educational programming across the following channels: Business Day TV (DStv Channel 412), BBC World News (DStv Channel 400), Mind-set (DStv Channel 319), NBC (DStv Channel 283, GOtv Channel 90), Channel ED (DStv Channel 190, GOtv Channel 65), HISTORY (DStv Channel 186), Animal Planet (DStv Channel 183), Nat Geo Wild (DStv Channel 182), National Geographic (DStv Channel 181), Discovery Channel (DStv Channel 121).
These programmes will enable children to learn critical subjects such as physics, finance, culture and chemistry and brings together learning so that young minds access the world’s leading minds in an interactive, vibrant arena of innovations and discovery.
DStv also offers a number of children’s channels with programming geared to help young mind learn things such as shapes, numbers, the alphabet as well as social skill such as sharing and teamwork. Although television can be an excellent educational and entertainment medium, many parents seek advice on practical ways to make TV-viewing more productive at home.
Namibian educational psychologist, Sandra van Schalkwyk, outlined some of the benefits of educational television and how it can boost intellectual development: “Pre-school children who watched a few hours a week of educational programming are known to perform better on achievement tests over time than their peers who watch more general entertainment shows.”
“According to research, each year, children’s reading, math and vocabulary skills were assessed. Researchers found that younger children, especially those aged two and three, who watched a few hours a week of educational programmes had higher scoring on academic tests three years later than children who did not watch the programmes,” says van Schalkwyk.
In support of constructive TV viewing habits, she explains that some TV shows can educate, inform and inspire and can be moreeffective than books oraudiotapes in teachingyour kid about processeslike how a plant grows orhow to bake a cake.Van Schalkwyk cautionsthat even thoughthere are benefits to educational television, parentsare urged to use televisionintelligently andnot to ignore what their children are watching.
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