At MultiChoice Africa we believe that as an African business, we have an obligation to support the development of human capital on the continent. In making our contribution, we continue to leverage our core assets and expertise to nurture talent, harness skills and expand opportunity across Africa by providing access to digital satellite technology and premium educational content.
The strategic driver of our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme is that our business exists within a broader social, environmental and economic context. In the interest of sustainability, we have chosen to focus on a key government priority in all countries, namely education to maximize benefits for communities, country governments, the business and our partners.
Our CSI initiative on education is therefore primarily, although not exclusively, activated through the MultiChoice Resource Centre (MRC) initiative. Now in its fifth year, MultiChoice Resource centres are now found in over 800 schools in 24 countries across the continent.
About the MRCs
The MRC programme employes our digital satellite technology platform to support and enhance the learning and teaching experience in selected schools in 24 African countries.
Through the project, participating schools are provided with resources such as television sets, VCRs, digital satellite decoders, and the DStv Education bouquet. The programme plays an important role in providing access to information to schools, in particular rural schools, thereby helping to bridge the digital divide between schools with access to information and those without.
Through our partnerships with a range of channel providers, the DStv Education bouquet is delivered at no cost to participating schools.
Comprising of eight premium channels, the bouquet combines the sensory experience of television with premium global content to support the teaching and learning process.
Teacher support is provided in training sessions, which focus on integrating these resources into lessons, to enhance learning in a practical way for teacher and student alike. Training and support is delivered by external consultants and service providers. The MRCs are not intended to substitute a teacher’s role in the classroom. On the contrary, it is a teaching resource like any other, and the teacher is then trained to bring these resources to life in the learning process.
The use of technology as a vehicle for improving education by providing worldclass content to students in under-resourced areas is at the heart of the MRC model. To achieve this we partner with a range of stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, communities, and channel providers to establish resource centres in these areas.