Toronto, Canada and Bogotá, Colombia, September 30, 2015 – Lingo Media Corporation (TSX-V: LM; OTCQB: LMDCF) (“Lingo Media” or the “Company“) an EdTech company providing innovative online and print-based technologies and solutions and eDistribution S.A.S. (eDistribution) an online education services distribution company in Colombia, are pleased to announce that Lingo Media’s subsidiary ELL Technologies Ltd. (“ELL Technologies”) and eDistribution have secured a multi-million dollar language learning software development contract in Colombia.
eDistribution has selected ELL Technologies to provide a full suite of digital education resources to the National Training Service (“SENA”), a Colombian national public institution under the Ministry of Labour focused on the development of education in order to foster employment. Through this landmark agreement, eDistribution and ELL Technologies are poised to significantly increase learning and professional opportunities for as many as seven million citizens in Colombia.
Under the terms of the agreement, ELL Technologies in partnership with eDistribution, is currently developing lessons, learning objects and digital resources which SENA will implement into its learning management system. The ability to pick, choose and adapt learning programs and their components will empower educators by allowing them to supplement, complement and enhance their coursework and in-class training.
“SENA has taken a most progressive and innovative approach to learning English and other languages by structuring their program to fit the many different learning environments and requirements to further establish Colombia as a truly bilingual nation “says Gali Bar-Ziv, President & CEO of ELL Technologies. “We are very excited to deliver the digital learning content and user experience to Latin America’s leading educational institute, positively impacting language education and employment opportunities in Colombia and throughout Latin America.”
“Multilingualism has become a real necessity in our interconnected and globalized world,” says Laura Victoria Zabala J., eDistribution´s CEO. “Through this partnership, eDistribution and ELL Technologies will provide the most technologically advanced and expansive digital content library of all the eLearning programs to be used in Colombia, and will be an example for educators and governments throughout Latin America to establish new educational standards.”
“In the context of Colombia, SENA aims at the improvement of foreign language levels of the Colombian people and SENA’s bilingualism project is particularly important since it has become necessary to boost both the quality and the competence of our learners. Finally, the use of digital content has become SENA’s benchmark in the implementation of best practices in the teaching and learning of foreign languages,” stated Mario Javier Rincón Triana, Special and Institutional Project Coordinator for SENA.
The National Training Service (SENA – Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) (www.sena.edu.co) is a national public institution holding legal status with an independent capital structure and administrative autonomy. Under the Ministry of Labour of Colombia, SENA provides free training to millions of Colombians who benefit from technical, technological and complementary programs.
SENA is responsible for fulfilling the role that corresponds to the State, to invest in the social and technical development of Colombian workers by offering and implementing a comprehensive professional training for the incorporation and development of people in productive activities that contribute to the country’s social, economic and technological development.
About eDistribution S.A.S.
eDistribution (www.edistribution.co) is a company in Colombia that focuses on the development and marketing of international digital platforms for educational institutions and companies who have foreign language learning needs. In fact, eDistribution´s products support and enhance second language classroom practices by providing world class and up-to date products, among which one can find digital learning resources, learning objects, virtual courses design, and in general, all pedagogical and curricular needs for eLearning, blended learning and traditional classroom education. eDistribution also provides outstanding training for educators and professionals in both public and private sectors.
eDistribution creates innovating methodologies and provides exclusive pedagogical support to facilitate the learning processes in general and specific fields of knowledge. This work is accomplished by using the most advanced up-to-date technologies, by relying on excellent pedagogical, multidisciplinary and multicultural staff. In this way, eDistribution has obtained significant experience not only in developing foreign/second language products, but also in managing digital learning systems for several clients nationwide.
About Lingo Media (TSX-V: LM; OTCQB: LMDCF)
Lingo Media is an EdTech company that is ‘Changing the way the world learns English’ through the combination of education with technology. The Company is focused on online and print-based technologies and solutions through its two distinct business units: ELL Technologies and Lingo Learning. ELL Technologies is a global English language learning online training and assessment company creating new learning platforms. Lingo Learning is a print-based publisher of English language learning programs in China. Lingo Media has formed successful relationships with key government and industry organizations, establishing a strong presence in China’s education market of more than 300 million students. The Company is extending its global reach, with an initial market expansion into Latin America and continues to expand its product offerings and technology applications.
For further information, contact:
Michael Kraft, President & CEO
Tel: (416) 927-7000 Ext. 23
Toll Free: (866) 927-7011 Ext. 23
Fax: (416) 927-1222
Laura V. Zabala Jaramillo
Tel: +571(518 99 99) Ext. 111
To learn more, visit www.edistribution.co
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