Schools Broadcasting Unit
The Schools Broadcasting Unit was formally established as the Education Broadcasting Unit of the Ministry of Education. The Unit was born out of a British Council and BBC initiative. The unit was inaugurated on October 1, 1960, 45 years ago, and 50 schools were initially involved. At its inception, the Unit produced both radio and television programmes. In 1963 an Educational Television Unit was established, allowing the SBU to concentrate solely on radio broadcasts. At present, the service embraces all primary schools, secondary schools, teachers’ colleges, early childhood care and education centres, distance learning centres and adult education centres.
Schools Broadcasting Unit is an unconventional institution of learning. Its educational endeavour is to perform as a support arm of the Curriculum Division.
Two-way communication between the learner and teacher is made possible by means of support systems, e.g., notes for teacher and student, posters, readers, CDs, DVDs and feedback sheets.
The topics presented are expected to provide stimulating facts, information and atmosphere - an excellent back-ground of interest and motivation for the subjects of the school curriculum. Some broadcasts aim at "direct teaching", and others at "support teaching", but all are calculated to provide enrichment for the child's experience.
Fifteen-minute broadcasts are transmitted on Radio 730AM, Radio Gold 99.5FM, WACK Radio 90.1FM, Radio Toco106.7FM and Radio Tambrin 92.1FM of Tobago. Deletion here.
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