UNESCO’s ICT Transforming Education in Africa program will bring benefit to more than 30 schools in Manicaland, Zimbabwe. The ICT Transforming Education in Africa program was launched in 2015, implemented in three African countries; Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.
As one of the selected country on the program, Zimbabwe seeks to develop digital learning for students and teachers through open courseware and online repository that is soon to be launched.
A South African education expert and consultant who works for UNESCO, Andrew More spoke about the importance of ICT for students.
He noted, “The world is drifting towards a digital world, likewise our teaching methods should also be more digital. We want to build our own repository which will have content tallying with the new curriculum.”
He added, “Apart from having Google as our search tool, we can establish relevant searches on a narrower platform — our own open courseware which will be used by local teachers to access and disseminate content to students.”
Meanwhile, Hilary Sidindi, an Educational Technologist at Africa University showed his support for the program. He also suggested the Zimbabwean schools continue on embracing ICT initiatives in order to improve the academic welfare for teachers and students. Sidindi furthermore said that the program will bring positive impact comparing to the traditional methods of teaching.
“Through the use of Kahoot, an educational tool, our education system will improve, teaching methods have to change from the intimidation methods to motivational methods which are much fun. Kahoot is like a game, but it comes with educational materials which will actually motivate students and such an initiative has to be embraced for primary and secondary school students,” Sidindi concluded.