Fiji Can­not Af­ford To Have Techno­phobes

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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.

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