Digitalization Equipment Handed Over to Support Maldives Polytechnic’s E-learning Stations

In a bid to assist the Government of Maldives accelerate provision  of educational services in a decentralized and effective manner, digitalization equipment was  provided today to Maldives Polytechnic through the Ministry of Higher Education by the United  Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives, with the generous endowment of the  Government of Japan.  

The equipment will go towards establishing e-learning stations in Maldives Polytechnic’s regional  campuses in Gaafu Alif Gahdhoo and Seenu Hithadhoo, as well as additional online set-ups in  the Male’ Campus – helping over 900 students access uninterrupted technical and vocational  education and enhance their studying experience through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The  digitalization equipment provided to the Institute consisted of computer systems, webcams,  microphones, and a host of supporting software.  

- Advertisement -

Maldives Polytechnic is the leading technical and vocational education provider in Maldives,  aiming to build a qualified, skilled workforce and boost the technical and vocational industry in the  country. With the onset of the pandemic and the disruption to service provision of educational  establishments, Maldives Polytechnic shifted from physical to virtual classes, resulting in an  increase in demand for online education, and adding strain on existing resources.  

“The equipment donated by UNDP will enhance the Maldives Polytechnic’s capability to reach  out to students across the Maldives and ensure they have a valuable learning experience,  especially in difficult situations like the current COVID-19 pandemic. Through online learning 

mechanism we will be able to provide accessibility to many youths in rural areas and assist them  find decent jobs via skill training. This small yet big assist will make Maldives more resilient and  better prepared for future shocks and such crises,” said Ahmed Nasir, Chief Executive Officer of Maldives Polytechnic. 

To address the challenges faced by Maldives Polytechnic, UNDP Maldives extended support to  the Institute via the Ministry of Higher Education, as part of a project supported by the Government  of Japan to build social cohesion in the Maldives. The initiative focuses on building capacities of  government institutions to provide decentralized and equitable access to enhanced educational  services, increasing opportunities and wellbeing of students across the country. The nexus of  today’s partnership places emphasis on strengthening the foundations for resilient technical and  vocational education systems in times of crisis, and the opportunities that digitalization can  provide towards building the sustainable society of the future. 

“I am pleased that the Government of Japan contributed to bridging the access gap by supporting  the Maldives Polytechnic through UNDP Maldives to establish e-learning stations in regional  campuses. The provision of equipment and software would enhance the capacity in providing  vocational and technical education in a decentralized and effective manner. Japan is committed  to continuing to support Maldives in achieving SDG 4, which ensures inclusive and equitable  quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” said Keiko Yanai,  Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives in her remarks.  

COVID-19 has accelerated countries’ reliance on digital technology. To be fit for purpose, UNDP  has fast-tracked digital collaboration and investments in digital public goods throughout the crisis.  Today’s initiative will contribute toward Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 on Quality  Education, and 10 on Reduced Inequalities. 

“Digital solutions are expected to revolutionize how people access basic services, such as health  and education, and accelerate progress towards the SDGs. Through this support, UNDP seeks  to reduce the barriers to knowledge and skills by increasing access to technology and digital  literacy – to eliminate gender inequality, social and economic exclusion and ensure vulnerable  populations are not left behind,” said Vera Hakim, UNDP Resident Representative ad interim. 

UNDP acknowledged the efforts of the Government of Maldives and service institutes to embrace  existing and emerging digital technology and accelerate provision of services in a decentralized  and effective manner, and reiterated commitment to work with partners towards inclusion, equity  and opportunities.

- Advertisement -