Stu­dents call for fam­ily ICT pro­gramme

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THE ad­vent of the new cur­ricu­lum spear­headed by the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has brought a new di­men­sion to ed­u­ca­tion that re­quires dig­i­tal lit­er­acy for the whole fam­ily.

Ed­u­ca­tion is go­ing pa­per­less so are other sup­port ser­vices like reg­is­tra­tion, fees pay­ment and stu­dent progress re­ports which many schools are run­ning on web based ap­pli­ca­tions.

Were par­ents used to wait for the man­ual school re­port to as­sess per­for­mance of their child they can now go on line and see the aca­demic achieve­ments of their child on­line. Were par­ents used to write a let­ter that would take at least three days to reach the school it now just takes about a frac­tion of a se­cond via email.

In an in­ter­view with Cool Life­style Malvin Maphosa (17) said par­ents should keep abreast with new learn­ing trends.

“How can we ex­pect par­ents to sup­ports the new cur­ricu­lum when they do not have an idea on what is e-learn­ing.

‘‘How will they mon­i­tor their chil­dren if then can not op­er­ate a com­puter? If schools are to in­volve par­ents in ICT it will be eas­ier to tame par­ents’ re­sis­tance to buy- ing ICT gad­gets and e-learn­ing pro­grammes,” he said.

De­pend­ing with age some ac­tiv­i­ties that can be done as a fam­ily in­clude typ­ing doc­u­ments, cre­ate your emails for daily com­mu­ni­ca­tion, cre­at­ing eBay ac­count and search for items bid­ding, buy­ing and sell­ing.

Word Pro­cess­ing us­ing MS Word, spread sheets us­ing MS Ex­cel for fam­ily bud­gets, pre­sen­ta­tion us­ing Pow­erPoint, com­puter based draw­ing, paint­ing and de­sign­ing are some ac­tiv­i­ties that fam­i­lies can en­gage in.

E-safety is one area that par­ents need to teach their chil­dren on dan­gers like in­ter­net bul­ly­ing, stalk­ing and other vices .

Thandiwe Sit­hole (18) pointed out that the grade seven e-en­rol­ment pro­gramme is one pro­gramme that need parental ICT lit­er­acy.

“An out­cry of epic pro­por­tions en­gulfed the coun­try when the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced that there would be e-en­rol­ment yet all uni­ver­si­ties are do­ing e-en­rol­ment.

“As a par­ents you have to re­search on all the pro­grammes in­clud­ing schol­ar­ships be­fore you make a de­ci­sion. Par­ents should not be de­tached from the re­al­i­ties of the tech­no­log­i­cal era we are liv­ing in,” she said.

St Theresa Mis­sion form two stu­dent Neema Chimu­ruri called for the set­ting up of fam­ily ICT cen­tres. “In de­vel­oped coun­tries like UK, US, Canada the schools there of­fer fam­ily ICT learn­ing cour­ses that help moth­ers, fa­thers and grand­par­ents to have fun with their chil­dren whilst learn­ing.

At most they teach par­ents how to use school soft­ware that range from fees pay­ment, class­room per­for­mance, e-learn­ing pack­ages and the use of the In­ter­net.

Be­sides that par­ents also dis­cover new ways to work with their chil­dren and to sup­port their learn­ing at school,” she said.

Fam­i­lies should have time to visit com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions that use tech­nol­ogy to see how ICT is used to sup­port the work of the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment, hos­pi­tals, su­per­mar­kets, farms, etc.

◆ Shep­herd Chimu­ruri Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor – Dzid­zoIn­haka Au­dio Vis­ual Learn­ing Mo­bile:+263 772 608 276 Tel: 04 749 302

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