Embrace ICT or die
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit us at 3rd Floor, Haddon & Sly Building, Corner 8th Ave/Five Street, Bulawayo.