Em­brace ICT or die

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THE deputy min­is­ter of ICT, Postal and Courier Ser­vices, Dr Win Mlambo speak­ing at an event few months ago urged Zim­bab­weans to fully utilise the ex­is­tence of tech­nol­ogy to re­main rel­e­vant in this highly tech­no­log­i­cal in­fested space lest their busi­ness faces extinction. This is now not only limited to busi­ness but now even in the class­room, teach­ers need to em­brace ICT skills or risk be­com­ing ir­rel­e­vant. ICT skills not an op­tion for teach­ers With the on­set of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies (ICTs) en­ter­ing the class­room, ed­u­ca­tors are con­stantly be­ing chal­lenged by tech­nol­ogy, their in­sti­tu­tions and their stu­dents to keep at least one step ahead.

It’s no longer an op­tion in this day and age to ac­quire ICT skills if you are an ed­u­ca­tor, in fact to be an ed­u­ca­tor one needs ICT skills. In­te­gra­tion of ICTs into the new cur­ricu­lum now makes it very chal­leng­ing to be a teacher with­out ICT skills hence the need to ac­quire ICT skills be­fore it’s too late.

“You have got to stay ahead of the game to be able to stay in it”, Kate Moss

The Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Lazarus Dokora said “no child can leave school and be­lieve they’re ed­u­cated when they’ve no lit­er­acy in ICT”. The min­is­ter is very clear all stu­dents should have ICT skills when they leave school; how­ever, that can only be pos­si­ble if the teach­ers have ICT skills to im­part onto the stu­dents. Teach­ers def­i­nitely need ICT skills to stay ahead, and to open doors to count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties.

My sis­ter who is a teacher re­cently fin­ished study­ing for an ICT skills course and is the only one with an ICT cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at her school now she is the one who at­tends work­shops to rep­re­sent the school be­cause most of these need teach­ers with ICT skills. Now she is like the deputy head as she is the one who at­tends the work­shops on be­half of the head­mas­ter who is also ICT il­lit­er­ate, she han­dles all doc­u­men­ta­tion or re­port­ing be­cause she is the only one with the ICT skills. Pon­der­ing your next move af­ter school? Choos­ing a ca­reer path is one of the most dif­fi­cult stages one has to go through in life, how­ever, this is a crit­i­cal point in one’s life and needs some se­ri­ous pon­der­ing. ICT is one of the few sec­tors with lim­it­less op­por­tu­ni­ties which O and A-level graduates need to con­sider. Ev­ery sec­tor needs ICT, ei­ther they use ICT in their daily tasks and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, ICT sup­ports their oper­a­tions or it is the back­bone of their busi­ness, one way or the other there has to be an ICT skilled pro­fes­sional to sup­port the busi­ness. This makes ICT one of the most de­sir­able ca­reers to con­sider.

Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Net­work­ing, PC Engi­neer­ing, Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems, Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing, Web de­vel­op­ment, Graphic De­sign, In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity, Sys­tem Ad­min­is­tra­tion as well as Data­base Ad­min­is­tra­tion are some of the ca­reer paths one can pur­sue.

In an econ­omy where em­ploy­ment rate is not on the rise, young peo­ple need to look at cour­ses that will open en­trepreneur­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for them. A ca­reer in ICT presents one with op­por­tu­ni­ties to start and run their own busi­nesses, it doesn’t need so many years of ex­pe­ri­ence to start and ICT busi­ness. How­ever, with the right skills, you can start and run a suc­cess­ful ICT busi­ness.

There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties in Graphic De­sign, Pro­gram­ming, Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Web De­vel­op­ment, Net­work­ing and PC Engi­neer­ing for busi­ness. Ev­ery com­pany needs to ad­ver­tise and to de­sign a good ban­ner, pam­phlet or brochure and you will need the ser­vices of a Graphic De­signer. With the in­creas­ing need to be con­nected to the in­ter­net and con­nect to each other, Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor is ris­ing. In or­der to be vis­i­ble and mar­ket prod­ucts and ser­vices, a busi­ness needs to in­vest in on­line pres­ence and you need a web de­vel­oper for that hence ICT presents lim­it­less op­por­tu­ni­ties to as­pir­ing young busi­ness­peo­ple. We all need ICT skills In this mil­len­nium, day and age we all need ICT skills, it doesn’t mat­ter what your job is or what you do ev­ery day; you are bet­ter off with ICT skills. There will come a point in time when we will not be able to get work done if we don’t have ICT skills, there­fore to avoid be­ing re­dun­dant and use­less stay ahead of oth­ers in­vest now in ICT skills.

It doesn’t mat­ter whether you know how to use a com­puter or not, how old you are, how much money you have; you can still learn ICT skills to­day and stay ahead.

The Trust Academy ICT School is com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated to help ad­vise and equip you with ICT skills. There are pro­fes­sion­als in var­i­ous ICT dis­ci­plines qual­i­fied to make you a bet­ter per­son. The school has var­i­ous cour­ses on their port­fo­lio de­signed to equip ICT skills to peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds, whether you have O-lev­els or not, you have cer­tain lim­i­ta­tions or dis­abil­i­ties; there are cour­ses for you.

The Trust Academy ICT School is of­fer­ing top of the range ICT cour­ses be­low in ad­di­tion to the 3 MSU diplo­mas:

— Diploma in Web De­sign and On­line Mar­ket­ing — Diploma in Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing — Diploma in Graphic De­sign — Diploma in Com­puter ser­vic­ing, Re­pair and Net­work­ing. — Pas­tel Accounting — Quick­Books Accounting — 2D & 3D Au­toCAD — Linux Ad­min­is­tra­tion — Or­a­cle Data­base Ad­min­is­tra­tion — Pro­gram­ming lan­guages, Java, C++, VB.Net etc. Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses – now en­rolling — The Bri­tish Com­puter So­ci­ety Cer­tifi­cate in IT – en­rolling now — CISCO — en­rolling now — Com­pTIA Short Com­puter cour­ses and ICDL The school also of­fers short com­put­ers and ICDL ac­cred­ited train­ing and test­ing cen­tre. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact: Head of ICT — God­wishes Sim­bane­gavi on 09-883 690/74, Email: god­wishes@trusta­cademy.co.zw. Or visit us at 3rd Floor, Had­don & Sly Build­ing, Cor­ner 8th Ave/Five Street, Bu­l­awayo.

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