Monday, 2 June 2014

ICT KEY TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- EDUCATION DEPUTY PS

BY MACPHERSON MUKUKA

The introduction of the revised educational curriculum by Government became a hot topic with so many suggestions and questions on how it was going to benefit the learners especially on the part of the introduction of local languages in schools.

Surprisingly, one component of the new curriculum did not seem to carry any weight neither did it evoke the attention of the society.

Government in its new education curriculum has included the ICT component which will give learners an opportunity to have ICT skills at the early stage of their education journey.

In view of this, Government has engaged Microsoft Corporation to train teachers and staff from Educational Broadcasting services who will in turn train the learner some ICT skills.

Speaking during the official launch of the train the trainer workshop in Lusaka yesterday, Ministry of Education Deputy Permanent secretary Christine Mayondi the importance of ICT cannot be overemphasized, because of its contribution to the way various activities in the educational and other sectors are conducted.

Mrs. Mayondi further called on the trainees not to look down on their learners as some of them may have more knowledge on ICT than they do.

She told the trainees to take advantage of the training and ensure they use the acquired ICT knowledge as reformed officers and champions for ICT.

And Microsoft programmes Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa Phil Odour said the workshop will provide basic and secondary skills for the ICT tutors to deliver quality lessons to the learners.
Meanwhile, some participants shared what they intend to achieve from the workshop.
The workshop which started on Monday has attracted about 30 participants most of whom are teachers from government school.


The aim of the workshop is to equip ICT teachers with the skills on how to prepare and present lessons to the learners on ICT.

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