Fiji Cannot Afford To Have Technophobes
Across the globe, technological advancement in its various forms has become the focus for governments, businesses, non-governmental organisations and individuals.
Whether we like it or not, technology is here to stay and Fiji cannot be left behind.
Taking the lead in this endeavour is the Fijian Government.
With the recent launch of DigitalFIJI Government digital transformation programme or DGT programme, Fiji is poised to benefit from an enhanced ICT infrastructure.
The four-year programme is designed to implement a number of government applications and build and develop capacity in digital transformation in Government.
It is in line with the Fijian Government’s five-year and 20-year National Development Plan (NDP) which calls for the steady improvement of the quality and accessibility of government services.
In the area of education, school principals across the country who met in Lautoka during the 122nd Fiji Principals Association Conference this week were reminded that there was no escape from technology.
True that just ten years ago they did not encounter as many computers as they do now.
But the reality is that principals and teachers can’t afford to be technophobes anymore.
Principals were told that now is the time that they embraced the technological revolution and equip themselves for a bigger and brighter future. After all, children nowadays are way more tech-savvy than most adults.
For the ‘Massive Open Online-course on Introduction to Technology-Enabled’ planned for October 29th to November 30th, all principals and teachers have been encouraged to attend.
The move is part of Government’s efforts to enhance computer literacy among our primary and secondary school educators.
On Wednesday, Fiji’s biggest internet service provider, Vodafone Fiji announced a major investment in its mobile network infrastructure development worth $207m.
This basically means that customers can expect high-speed internet on their mobile and computer devices – in particular, those living in rural and periurban areas.
High-speed 4G+ network coverage will increase to over 90 per cent of the Fijian population. 100, 3G sites will be converted to 4G+ and additional 244 new 4G+ sites will be developed and commissioned. Government and businesses like Vodafone Fiji are setting the platform for all Fijians.
A World Bank report stated that the demand for widespread access to broadband internet was a key driver of economic growth, job creation, and social inclusion. Something that Fiji can certainly take advantage of.