South Africa: ICT must be encouraged at schools

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In order to enhance education sector across the country, ICT must be encouraged in schools, according to Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa. She states that Africa must get a sufficient, sustainable and affordable connectivity to teachers and learners.

While speaking at the NEPAD e-School stakeholders, conference held in Kempton Park, she states that ICT provides the means to achieve key components of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All. She said that by the year 2015, all children and youth and especially girl children have access to primary education of good quality. The government also want to improve the quality of education and ensure excellence in achieving learning outcomes especially in literacy, numeracy and e-Learning. She also stressed a need for ICT to go together with Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) in poverty alleviation especially among women where micro-credit is a critical contribution. e-Schools aim to harness ICTs in a bid to improve the quality of teaching and learning in African primary and secondary schools and allow African pupils to participate in the global information society and knowledge economy. The initiative was adopted as a high priority New Partnership Africa's Development (NEPAD) ICT project by the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee in March 2003. In the initial phase, NEPAD has launched the e-Schools Initiative in 11 countries. The business plan recommends different models for the continental roll-out such as the management and administration, communication, financing, common quality standards and the effective use of ICTs and information tools, for the initiative.

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