WATCH: ICTs in rural schools crucial for e-learning drive: Govt
Bongani Ndlovu, Chronicle Reporter
RURAL schools must be equipped with Information Community Technologies (ICTs) to facilitate e-learning to ensure that rural children fit in the industrial revolution.
This was said by the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Edgar Moyo on Monday during the handover of 11 laptops to Silozwe Secondary School in Matobo district that were sourced by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).
Deputy Minister Moyo had earlier commissioned a water system at Gwandavale Primary School in the district.
Covid-19 gave rise to the need for online learning and Government and various partners have been equipping schools and teachers with ICTs.
Silozwe Secondary School was chosen by Potraz from the district to receive the laptops. The school has internet connectivity through the V-Sat technology installed in 2013.
Deputy Minister Moyo who was once the school’s headmaster for 14 years said the world was changing and rural children must not be left behind.
“We are currently in the fourth industrial revolution and Zimbabwe cannot be left behind. The world is changing as we are witnessing today. We don’t want our children to be left behind, so that when they leave school, they seek opportunities and they fail. We want them to be part of the development in the digital world. E-learning is a pillar preparing our children to fit in an industrial world,” he said
Deputy Minister Moyo, who is also Matobo North MP said the Potraz donation was a small way to provide equal opportunities to children in rural areas.
“This is a small way to complement the school and community effort in providing e-learning even in rural areas.
Children coming from rural schools are equal to those in urban areas. We want to provide quality, equitable, inclusive, public education to all. That’s what the Government is doing through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. This gesture is meant to equalise educational opportunities in the country. No child or community must be left behind. Parents are therefore urged to partner Government in the quest of providing quality education. Government cannot do it alone, we are in it together,” said the Minister.
He urged communities to develop e-learning in schools.