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Gvt endorses the National e-Learning Strategy

Government has deliberated and approved the National e-Learning Strategy for Schools in Zimbabwe which will run from 2021 – 2025.

The National e-Learning Strategy for Schools in Zimbabwe is a joint scheme of the Ministries of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services; and Primary and Secondary Education.

Speaking at a post cabinet press briefing, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said the National e-Learning Strategy is part of the SMART Zimbabwe 2030 Masterplan, which is programme 15 of the Cabinet approved Government Priority Programmes on Innovation, Science and Technology Development: 2019-2030.

The Plan is also aligned to ICT Infrastructure to Support Teaching programme and Learning of the Government Priority Programme on Human Capital Development, Skills Audit and Employment Creation, also approved by Cabinet.

“SMART Education is one component of SMART Zimbabwe, which seeks to increase the usage of ICT in the entire education sector regardless of geographical location of economic circumstances. Digital learning complements the traditional classroom learning by improving access to content, and helps to standardize learning.

“Under the programme, each school is expected to be equipped with a computer lab comprising 41 networked computers, a server, a projector, a printer, a white board and connectivity,” Mutsvangwa said.

In a recent statement, Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Dr Jenfan Muswere said SMART Zimbabwe is pivotal to the emergence of Zimbabwe as a digital and knowledge driven economy.

“A reliable communication backbone is useful in curtailing the negative impact of future national or global emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr Muswere said.

The 2021 National e-Learning Programme has the following targets: connection of 1 500 schools to the broadband; electrification of 434 schools; manufacture of up to 150 000 devices as per order by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education; development of mobile applications for use on the existing e-Learning management system within 45 days; e-Learning content development by instructional designers which should be in place by June 2021; capacitation of 3 000 teachers with basic digital skills by December 2021; and delivery of e-Learning through multimedia interactive materials.

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