30 schools to benefit from ICT project

By Staff reporter | 11 Apr 2019 at 08:33hrs
UNESCO
More than 30 schools in Manicaland are set to benefit from the ICT Transforming Education in Africa programme being implemented in three African countries by UNESCO.

Zimbabwe was selected to participate in the programme, which seeks to develop digital learning for students and teachers through open courseware and online repository that will be launched soon.

Speaking at a six-day workshop to educate teachers from Manicaland schools on the new technologies recently, South African education expert and consultant, who is working with UNESCO, Mr Andrew Moore highlighted the importance of ICT's for young learners.

"The world is drifting towards a digital world, likewise our teaching methods should also be more digital. We want to build our own repository which will have content tallying with the new curriculum.

"Apart from having Google as our search tool, we can establish relevant searches on a narrower platform — our own open courseware which will be used by local teachers to access and disseminate content to students," said Mr Moore.

Educational technologist at Africa University Mr Hilary Sidindi hailed the programme and suggested that Zimbabwean schools should continue to embrace the ICT initiative as it will improve the academic welfare of both teachers and students. He said some of the packages that will be available under the initiative made learning an adventure for the students and would have a more positive impact than the traditional methods of teaching.

"Through the use of Kahoot, an educational tool, our education system will improve, teaching methods have to change from the intimidation methods to motivational methods which are much fun.

"Kahoot is like a game, but it comes with educational materials which will actually motivate students and such an initiative has to be embraced for primary and secondary school students," said Mr Sidindi.

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