The government in Tanzania has introduced a TZS 4 billion project on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in secondary schools. The African Digital Schools Initiative (ADSI) programme will be implemented in 40 secondary schools across Tanzania and the first phase of the project will cover Morogoro and Coast regions.
The initiative is implemented by Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training. ADSI is expected to reach out to 20,000 targeted people in Coast and Morogoro regions, including 400 teachers from 10 schools covered by the project. The ADSI project will run for 3 years and aims to transform secondary schools into Digital Schools of Distinction (DSD).
Leornard Akwilapo, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Science and Technology said the project is timely and Tanzanian schools, teachers and students will benefit significantly from membership of the initiative. He commended GeSCI for designing and implementing such an innovative model of ICT-led innovation which will enhance teacher professional skills and enrich learning in addition to ICT-enabled whole school improvement. He said that the Ministry looked forward to closely collaborating with GeSCI in the successful roll-out of the programme in Tanzania.
Jerome Morrissey, CEO of GeSCI said the GeSCI has had a long and productive partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and technology of Tanzania and is delighted to bring this initiative and investment to Tanzanian secondary schools. He said that the GeSCI sees the launch as the first stage in a much wider national of the programme in Tanzania.
ICT project for Tanzanian secondary schools, project manager Joyce Msolla, said the as part of the project, teachers will also receive training and students would get the 21st-century skills so that they could be competent in the labour market.
“This project will help make secondary schools on the African continent to enter the digital system so that they can master to use the ICT in teaching and learning,” said Msolla.
The ICT project will focus on science, English and mathematics. The launch in Tanzania forms part of a wider implementation of the programme in other countries such as Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire.