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11/20/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2020 10:00

UNESCO to launch Dzidzo Paden|Imfundwe’ndlini App to support remote learning and access to academic resources

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) in partnership with Zimbabwe's Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) will launch a WhatsApp-based educational application, Dzidzo Paden|Imfundwe'ndlini, on Monday 23 November 2020 in Harare.

Dzidzo paden|Imfundwe'ndlini is a WhatsApp automated chatbot aimed at distributing premium academic resources to learners who have limited or no access to the internet but have access to WhatsApp. The chatbot will start by distributing curriculum-aligned academic resources (notes, past exam papers and marking schemes) for Grade 7s, Form 4s and Upper 6s. In addition to academic materials, the App will create awareness among teachers and learners on the importance of health and hygiene, and on COVID-19 prevention through age-appropriate information about coronavirus and other infectious diseases.