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SABC launches education channel for learners

2020-05-01 12:46

The SABC has announced that it’s launching a new channel to distribute educational content to learners through various platforms, and to reach as many as possible.

“In line with the corporation’s mandate, the new channel will broadcast public service content from the department of education, educational programmes currently available on SABC1, 2, 3 and archived material produced by the SABC on a limited basis,” reads a statement by the public broadcaster.

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The channel will go live on Monday 4 May on YouTube and digital terrestrial television (DTT), while other platforms will be confirmed later.

The establishment of the channel comes amid the Covid-19 global scourge, which has impacted the country’s education system extensively.

“The launch of the channel is timely, as the nation requires these interventions to fill gaps that have been created by Covid-19-related adjustments. In particular, this initiative will ensure that education and learning continues outside the traditional classroom environment,” said SABC group CEO Madoda Mxakwe in a statement.

The public broadcaster says that if funding doesn’t become an obstacle, it’s possible to broadcast the education content on SABC1 and 2 which have a higher reach.

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“The SABC can provide 12 hours per day over these two channels,” the statement reads.

The core content will be broadcast in a customary linear manner, while ancillary programming will stream via digital platforms. The digital streaming of the channel will be carried using the SABC Education portal; SABC Education Virtual Academy (SEVA); social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; and other SABC channel websites.