NEPAD scores ICT education of students in Africa low

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The New  Partnership for African's Development (NEPAD) has scored the level of students experience with ICT and their proficiency in using them very low in Africa.

In the first monitoring and evaluation report using feedback from the  participating schools it has been disclosed that more than 55% of the students drawn within Africa, including Nigeria, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Republic of  Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda who are participating in the first phase, had  no experience at all in using computers. The report has also mentioned that African typical school environment do not provide much opportunity for student's access to computers and related ICTs and also do not provide training to  use them. The aim of the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative is to equip all secondary schools in Africa with ICT equipment including computers, radio and television sets, phones and  fax machines, communication equipment, scanners, digital cameras, copiers etc. It is necessary that each participating country formally establish a National Implementing Agency for NEPAD e-Schools that will bear  responsibility for all operational aspects of the initiative” implementation as stated by the project Coordinator Content with the NEPAD e-Schools initiative, Sandy Malapile .

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