Uganda re­cruits ICT teach­ers to im­prove dig­i­tal lit­er­acy

East African Business Week - - HUMAN RESOURCES -

KAMPALA, UGANDA---UGANDA’S Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Sports Janet Kataaha Mu­sev­eni (left) has said they have re­cruited and trained In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) teach­ers to help im­prove dig­i­tal lit­er­acy in schools across the country.

“If Uganda is to pro­mote in­clu­sive and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all and pro­mote life­long learn­ing, we have to fo­cus on dig­i­tal lit­er­acy,” Mrs Mu­sev­eni said.

“It is our duty as the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to en­sure that chil­dren in the whole country es­pe­cially the ru­ral ar­eas have ac­cess to these same ICT fa­cil­i­ties so that all our chil­dren in the country can be at the same level,” she said.

She was re­cently of­fi­ci­at­ing at the 3rd Teach­ers’ Fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Bri­tish Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry Uganda Na­tional Teach­ers Union (UNATU), Voda­fone Uganda and ICDL.

She said, “Dig­i­tal lit­er­acy is not just about hav­ing ICT in schools, but also shar­ing knowl­edge, an­a­lyz­ing, as­sess­ing, in­te­grat­ing and cre­at­ing new knowl­edge and ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing, that is why the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is train­ing and re­cruit­ing teach­ers,”

The Fo­rum held un­der the theme ‘Dig­i­tal Lit­er­acy: The Ef­fec­tive Use of ICT in En­hanc­ing the Qual­ity of Ed­u­ca­tion’ was aimed at brain­storm­ing the is­sue.

Ma­jor­ity of schools in both the ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas have no ac­cess to dig­i­tal learn­ing tools which cre­ates a big di­vide in dig­i­tal lit­er­acy.

The Voda­fone Uganda CEO, John Ndego said the 4G Next Gen­er­a­tion data net­work will con­tinue to use mo­bile tech­nol­ogy for easy ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion con­tent and of­fer a pos­i­tive and in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. “We will be con­tribut­ing ef­fec­tively to the stu­dents to cre­ate to­mor­row and shap­ing their fu­ture. Hav­ing ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy gives stu­dents power to end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties, power to be who they want to be, con­nect with their peers across the globe. This is our mis­sion, to em­power the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of our country,’ he said.

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