Raissa Malu

The adventure continues, a call to action!

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Educational videos produced during the lockdown should be disseminated and translated into national languages.

On April 4, 2020, we posted the first video vignette of the Learn at Home Program launched as part of the 7th annual Science and Technology Week in response to the school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the "Characteristics of Life" vignette for Life and Earth Sciences (LES).

It was an immediate success and from April 4 to June 30, 2020, we produced and published 11 Life and Earth Sciences (L&E) vignettes, 11 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) vignettes, 10 laboratory experiment vignettes, 3 math vignettes, 2 physics vignettes, 2 How to Do It Yourself vignettes, and 5 "Let's Unveil Mathematics" vignettes.

Mathematics in Lingala

The 5 videos in the "Unveiling Mathematics" series are:

  1. African mathematics;
  2. math and sport;
  3. math and crafts;
  4. math and art;
  5. math in Lingala.

Based on the number of views the videos have on our YouTube channel, the videos in this series rank in the following sequence (the one with the fewest views to the one with the most views): (2) - (4) - (3) - (1) - (5). Just for fun, I'm reposting here the video on mathematics in Lingala that had the most views!

Ministerial programme

As I mentioned, the concept and the videos have been very well received by students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and the general public in the DRC and in the diaspora. These videos are an opportunity to learn as a family, to learn while having fun. Adults have even confided in me that they watch them repeatedly 😊.

The success was such that by the end of April, the Learn at Home Programme was adopted by the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education via the Education Project for the Quality and Relevance of Teaching at Secondary and University Levels (PEQPESU) to produce video vignettes based on the new educational programs for the Science Learning Area (SLA) from Secondary 1 to 6.

New formats

The PEQPESU teams enriched the program by proposing new formats: the animated drawing, the animated PowerPoint and the animated presentation. Between June and November, 88 video vignettes were produced for the following disciplines and classes:

  • Mathematics for grades 7, 8 and 4;
  • Life and Earth Sciences for grades 7, 8, 4 and 6;
  • Physics for 7th EB (1st secondary), 8th EB (2nd secondary) and 4th HS (6th secondary);
  • Chemistry for 7th EB (1st secondary), 8th EB (2nd secondary), 1st HS (3rd secondary), 2nd HS (4th secondary) and 5th HS (5th secondary).

To help you locate the classes, here is a diagram with the structure of the educational system in the DRC. The 4 years of Scientific Humanities are located at the level of General Secondary Education.

Crayon SPACE Réforme Education RDC

National languages

Among all these series (playlists), I would like to draw your attention to three in particular: Chemistry for 7th EB (Secondary 1) and 8th EB (Secondary 2), and Mathematics for 7th EB (Secondary 1). These series are bilingual French/Lingala!

Indeed, today, and more than ever, if we want to develop the technical and scientific skills of our youth in order to accelerate the socio-economic development of African nations, the teaching of these disciplines in the national languages is a necessity. This must be implemented in formal education (from primary to higher education and university level), for non-formal learning and for informal learning.


Diversifying languages

Teachers really like our videos. They use them as part of their in-service training to reinforce their skills. Today, they are asking us to provide them in the other national languages of the DRC (Swahili, Kikongo and Tshiluba). Therefore I need you, dear readers.

In fact, I need you for two actions. The first one is to give visibility to these contents so that they reach a maximum of end users. Indeed, most students and teachers in DRC do not have access to the Internet. Therefore, they cannot access the videos published on our YouTube channels.

Two strategies

To achieve this, we are considering two strategies. The first is to provide this content free of charge to local television and community radio stations for broadcast (we also produce podcasts for radio 😊). The second is to share this content free of charge to associations, NGOs, education actors and partners who would organize local, community-based viewing, training and teaching sessions with teachers, students and parents. To do this, we need solidarity to be put in place with the creation of a solidarity network of dissemination.

Scientist and linguist

The second action I need your help for is that we are looking for scientists and linguists to produce the vignettes in the three other national languages (Swahili, Kikongo and Tshiluba). As you can see from the videos of Bienvenu Sene Mongaba, a chemist and linguist, who specializes in teaching chemistry in Lingala, this work is not just about translation.

This mixed profile, scientist and linguist in African languages, is a rare profile. We are therefore calling on our network to find these rare pearls or effective pairs to produce these videos in all the national languages of the DRC.

Sharing know-how

So, if you want to help us to set up the solidarity network of diffusion or if you are one of the rare pearls we are looking for, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If there are other countries or other teams that are willing to produce similar videos for other disciplines, we are willing to share our know-how.

For more information and to see all the videos, visit the Science and Technology Week website, the Science and Technology Week YouTube channel, and the PEQPESU YouTube Channel.

Science is fun, join us ! 😉

This article has first been published on LinkedIn.

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