People all over the world were forced to quickly adjust to a new way of life this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In South Africa, the national lockdown meant kids couldn’t attend school, forcing parents to find new ways to help keep kids stimulated and ready for the future.
DStv quickly worked with our channel partners to assist parents in this cause. We launched two new channels - Mindset Pop and Da Vinci – to help parents do ‘school at home.’ This proved valuable to parents and learners alike, as kids were able to stay indoors and entertained while learning new things.
But through it all, 2020 taught us that teachers are #bosso. They stayed committed to our little ones, adapted to new teaching environments virtually overnight and often without much support.
As a means to show love to teachers, especially during this time, DStv is encouraging customers to share the newfound appreciation you have for school teachers based on your recent experiences with homeschooling.
Kids, tell us how much you appreciate teachers by using #ThankYouTeacher, tag DStv on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and you could win of five School of Laughter hampers! Teachers, share your experiences with us on social media using #ThankYouTeacher and you could win one of five School of Laughter laptops!
The competition runs 1 – 5 October and winners will be announced 6 October. If you’re selected as a winner, you’ll only have 48 hours to get in touch with us before we select an alternative – so keep an eye all of DStv’s social media pages to ensure you don’t miss out.
Keep the learning going
As South Africa continues to ease in Lockdown Alert Level 1, DStv’s School of Laughter is still here to help parents keep kids stimulated and excited for their future. We have a large edutainment offering geared towards helping our valued customers prepare their bundles of joy for the world of tomorrow.
Here is just a taste of what is on offer:
This brand new pop up channel launched 1 October 2020 and runs until 31 March 2021. Its programming engages and entertains children with the wonders of animals, to stimulate and develop their innate emotional connection with the natural world. Some of ZooMoo’s well-loved shows are Leo the Wildlife Ranger, Lost!, Clawdia’s Amazing African Adventure, Piglet’s Adventure Machine, and Ninja Pop.
Da Vinci makes learning easy and accessible for kids and parents alike. The channel’s content is designed to bring the curriculum out of the classroom in a fun, visual way. Check it out on DStv 318 for shows that are genuinely educational and cover subjects like science, math, technology, history, nature, sports and culture.
Mindset Pop (DStv 317) is a channel dedicated to primary school learners featuring educational programming covering the entire General Education and Training (GET) phase, including Early Childhood Development (ECD), as well as a key focus on the Grade 4 – 9 curriculum. The channel delivers live lessons daily with 6 fresh hours every day. Bringing Literacy, Numeracy as well as Maths, Natural Sciences, English, Life Orientation, Art and Physical Education activities.
Teachers come in all shapes and sizes. You can learn from your friends, your family or even your favourite TV characters. Channels like Nick Jr (DStv 307) encourage learning through fun, entertaining programming such as The Adventures of Paddington, Dora the Explorer and Paw Patrol. Now, on Monday, 5 October, NickToons (DStv 308) will screen a series of programming aimed at celebrating World Teacher’s Day. Take a look at the video above to get a glimpse of what you can expect.
Disney Channel and Disney Junior are also committed to helping kids learn and play through entertaining content. In particular, Disney Junior offers loads of educational shows that help little bundles of joy learn about the world. Popular edutaining programming includes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Vampirina and The Rocketeer.
How to watch edutaining content online
Download the DStv app. It’s the online version of DStv and it’s available to download free on your smartphone, smart TV or laptop.