By Carol Natukunda
The school curricula should include the teaching of information and communication technology (ICTS) if African nations are to develop, experts have advised.
They noted that ICT was crucial for Africa’s economic growth and for job opportunities. To that effect, they stressed, Africa’s educators needed to invest much more time, money and effort in equipping learners with ICT skills.
Hamidou Boukary, the acting Executive Secretary of Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), observed that the continent’s economic growth rate was attracting more and more direct investment and that called for improving the quality of education and training for Africans.
“Africa needs to unleash its tremendous potential,” he said, “The challenges ahead is “implementation, implementation and implementation!”
Boukary Savadogo, chief of the African Development Bank’s education division, stressed that ICT was an important tool in fighting unemployment in Africa. Citing the bank’s activities, Savadogo stated that most of the work can be considerably eased through the use of ICT.
The experts were speaking at the ongoing first African ministerial forum in ICT integration in education and training, taking place in Tunis. The forum was organized by ADEA, the African Development Bank, he United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO among other partners. According to a press statement, the forum aims at ensuring that African education introduce strong policies on ICT to accelerate the transformation of education continent.
Fenchun Miao, the education specialist at UNESCO, said ICT was the key to ensure “better learning for all.”
He revealed that his organization was developing the ability of teachers around the world in the use of ICT in education.
“UNESCO has already been successful in this goal in Asia…We hope we can do the same thing in Africa.” Miao said.
By press time, the forum was due to discuss several topics, including whether smart phones are essential for school children, and whether the new media technologies are a blessing or a curse.
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