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    Two television channels to become educational channels for schoolchildren

    RIGA, March 31 (LETA) - As of April 6, television channels ReTV and Sportacentrs.com will broadcast content for schoolchildren and become educational channels Tava Klase (Your Class), Education Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party) told reporters today.

    Starting April 6, the two televisions will broadcast programs for students in grades 1-4, and from April 14 - for students in grades 5 and 6. Later on, content could also be generated for students in grades 9-12.

    The minister believes such channels will help junior students feel as if they are in a classroom as well as diversify and facilitate planning of classes and homework for teachers. They will also give parents some support as children will be learning via TV, therefore other family members would have more smart devices to use.

    At the same time, the minister hopes that this project will popularize the teaching profession and prove that education that motivates children is possible.

    Approximately EUR 360,000 will be spent on the project during the next two months. Half of the funding goes to teachers who will produce original content, said Suplinska.

    When asked how exactly the classes will take place, Suplinska explained that the structure of the channel would be similar to the school schedule. Each day will begin with an introduction to tell the students what they would be doing on that particular day. One lesson will continue for 20 minutes.

    According to the minister, the emphasis will be on mathematics, Latvian, as well as foreign languages, art and IT. The channel will also focus on informal education, meaning children will be able to play sports, dance together, remember the repertoire of song and dance festivals, and learn new skills.

    Children will also have the opportunity to learn minority languages, such as Belorussian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Polish and others.

    The minister said that the educational channels would also be available online.

    For the first time in Latvian history, educational channel Tava Klase has been created thanks to the Parents for Better Education association and other cooperation partners, said Suplinska.

    • Published: 31.03.2020 17:21
    • Silvija Reinberga, LETA
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