The first television centre in Senegal for broadcasting educational programmes to schools has been opened in Dakar by Prime Minister Abdou Diouf.
The first television centre in Senegal for broadcasting educational programmes to schools has been opened in Dakar by Prime Minister Abdou Diouf. It was built and paid for by a joint Franco-Senegalese organisation, the Cultural and Technical Agency.
SYNOPSIS: After nearly a year of tests to iron out any teething problems, the centre should begin broadcasting on a regular basis to schools in October 1978. As Prime Minister Diouf pointed out when he arrived to perform the opening ceremony, the centre would even then be part of an embryonic system with a limited function.
But even if it took years for schools broadcasting to reach most of the country's pupils, audio-visual education was essential to Senegal's future. Prime Minister Diouf pointed out that history had given the present generation the task of combatting misery, alleviating ignorance and bringing about a rebirth of African culture as part of preparing for entry into modern society on an equal footing with industrialised countries.
He said no one could deny that television, the most comprehensive audio-visual system, could play an important role in the moral and civic education of the public. It had a similar part in reviving, popularising and developing culture and improving scholarship. Senegal was following in the steps of Niger, Mali and the Ivory Coast, which had already established schools broadcasting systems, and a number of visits had been paid to those countries by Senegalese officials.