Thursday, December 19, 2013

MTWARA EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS URGED TO EMBRACE ICTs


 From Tanzania Daily News Via All Africa.com
 
Mtwara — THE Regional Education Officer and District Education Officers in Mtwara Region have been ordered to ensure that e-Content digital learning tools are incorporated in teaching and learning process for better results.

The tools are donated by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation (IYF).
The order was issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Education and Vocational Training, Prof Sifuni Mchome, during the e-Content handover conference held on Tuesday in Mtwara Region.

The conference emphasized the use of basic reading in Kiswahili skills for children in lower primary schools with the help of specially-designed e-Content digital learning tools.
The e-Content programme is part of a large education initiative supported by the USAID-funded 21st Century Basic Education Programme (TZ21).

In Mtwara TZ21 is equipping primary schools, teacher resource centres and teacher training centres with computers, projectors and other Information Communication and Technology (ICT) equipment.
Schools are also provided with internet connectivity and some schools with solar power.
Prof Mchome said that government was intending to integrate effective use of ICT in delivery of education so as to transform the country into a well-knowledgeable society as it advances in the 21st century that is characterized by rapid technological changes.

"We are now advancing in the 21st century that is characterized by rapid technological changes.
These changes generally started in developed world and ultimately spelt over into developing countries like Tanzania. "Therefore, this creates demand for knowledge, attitude and skills to cope with rapid changes that affect socio-economic development in the country," he said.
TZ21 is rolling out the e-Content to 75 lower primary schools initially with the intention of expanding to all 618 schools in Mtwara.

Under TZ21, IYF has trained teachers in how to use its e-Content tools effectively. TZ21 works closely with the Governments of Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Its main goal is improved student learning achievement in lower primary schools, with a focus on improved basic reading skills.

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