ICT in Education Pilot by Computer Society of Zimbabwe

Our mandate is to train primary school teachers,
who range from ICT to general courses, which is up to grade 7. We are aware that our teachers are now living
in the digital world, which is the 21st century, and we have said that our students should
be able to communicate with the generation that we have today. Digital skills are very important for us in
Zimbabwe, because we are in need of our young people being educated in technology. We need them to be in the technology space,
so that they can compete with other students out there. We approached two of our teacher training
colleges who were already our ATCs, and we asked them to take up the module so that we
could see how relevant the module was to teachers. It has been positive indeed. Nowadays we find that more students are able
to use their ICT skills in planning, scheming, they are also able to integrate different
ICT gadgets in different lessons. The most important thing that motivated me
was the era which I'm living in. Everyone in this era knows computers, and
you need to use them on a daily basis, and also, the profession which I'm taking, if
I know that a grade 1 student is able to operate a computer, then as the teacher, I should
be able to do the same as my pupils. The most important thing that I have learnt
from this project is how I can incorporate what we learnt, what is discussed in this
project, when I am out there teaching. If we can see technology is moving forward,
almost every sector is now using technology, so we need our pupils to start from an early
age to know what they are expected to do, how they can go about using technology. We are only concentrating on the generic software,
like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But, with the module, we realised that we
go far in getting different resources to integrating the teaching and learning, we can actually
use learning platforms, create our own learning platforms, and use them in teaching and learning. The parts of the modules I found to be challenging,
looking at Zimbabwe, we really don't have many resources. We are only a developing country, not yet
developed, and this module was created in a developed country, for, probably, developed
countries. So then to match what is in the module and
what we have in Zimbabwe becomes a problem. Some of the things that we saw in the module,
the gadgets, they didn't match our standards as a country. We being a developing country, some of the
resources, were actually foreign to us, but that did not stop us from learning. We actually moved on, and actually, researched
more on the different resources. In Zimbabwe, we are always willing to take
up new challenges. We grab at anything that comes, because we
want to celebrate everything and anything that is good. So the ICT in Education module pilot brought
that for us, and we were quite excited. I will assist with my teachers, my colleagues,
and also to enhance my teaching strategies, like when we want to show the animals to pupils,
when we are teaching social studies, we just make pictures, create a presentation, and
show them, this is a lion, this is an elephant, those are some of the skills that we have
acquired since we did that module. I am going to use ICT gadgets as media during
the teaching and learning process. The government in Zimbabwe is currently promoting
STEM, so I want to be technologically advanced to impart knowledge to the pupils. There are also moral virtues that we encourage for the digital skills, because our children, as they grow, they are exposed to digital dangers, where
we think our student teachers must teach morality, what we call digital citizenship. They must teach morality as they teach in
the schools. What we are working on now is rolling this
module out to the other teacher training colleges, as well as other ATCs. We have already rolled it out at one of the
universities with a certain number of teachers, and they found it to be relevant. So our next step is to take it to the country.

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