KFIT grants USD6 mln to facilitate ICT development in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has not been lagging behind in the global trend of ICT development and the launch of this e-schools pilot initiative is a boost up to the ongoing trend.
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Primary and secondary education has rolled out the e-schools programme with a motive to achieve 100 percent deployment of ICT equipment within the country in the next five years.
The programme targets to offer access to computers, internet connectivity, training in ICTs and equip schools with the necessary infrastructure.
The Republic of South Korea via the UNESCO-Korean Funds in Trust (KFIT) granted USD6 million ICT equipment, benefitting nearly 20 schools. Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavima said his ministry seeks to build a strong foundation for national development through ICTs. So it will be 100 percent electrification, 100 percent computerization, and 100 percent broadband coverage.
"The potential for ICTs as an economic enabler is overarching and well documented. Is Zimbabwe is to join the rest of the globe into the 21st century, we have to accelerate ICT deployment at all levels of our society and particularly into the basic education sector. The education sector plays an important role in equipping learners with ICT skills in order to unlock the economic enabling potential of ICTs," Mavima added.
In Zimbabwe, the project is being implemented under the theme "Transforming Zimbabwe into a Knowledge-Based Society: Strengthening Quality Education through Integrating ICTs into Teaching, Learning, Research and Innovation."
The representative of the UNESCO-KFIT e-schools model who sponsored the pilot programme South Korea Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ambassador Cho Jaichel said, "I believe Zimbabwe can also achieve economic development and restore its glorious fame as the 'breadbasket of Africa.' What makes me feel more certain about this is the fact that Zimbabwe people are the most highly educated people in Africa and very enthusiastic about educating their children."