President launches e-learning program

PRESIDENT LAUNCHES E-LEARNING PROGRAM
Domboshava March 28, 2012(New Ziana) -President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday officially launched the national e-learning program at Chogugudza Primary School in Goromonzi District, Mashonaland East province, about 35 kilometres south east of the capital.
The computerization program targets to connect all schools in the country to the internet by 2015 and complements the Presidential Computerization program, the brainchild of President Mugabe.
Addressing hundreds of school children, parents, government officials and traditional leaders gathered at the school, President Mugabe said the program was an indication of government’s commitment to providing quality education.
“Encouraged by the Presidential Computerization program, the first successful step of transforming Zimbabwe into an information society, we have now decided to go a gear up and add value to the initial program by introducing another dimension to it, in the form of an e-learning program,” he said.
“The e-learning program marks a phase that focuses on establishing networked computer laboratories in primary and secondary schools throughout the country.”
President Mugabe said the program would enable the development of websites and web-based applications for tertiary education institutions, primary and secondary schools.
He said the program would improve Zimbabwe’s standing as the country with the highest literacy rate in Africa.
President Mugabe said the introduction of e-learning was a direct response to some of the recommendations made by the 1999 Nziramasanga Commission of enquiry into the training and education system.
“Such a move is in tandem with developments in other countries within COMESA, SADC and the rest of the world.
“We cannot afford to lag behind but instead we should be active participants in the ICT world and the emergent information age,” he said.
He urged other arms of government to adopt ICTs in their operations to improve their efficiencies.
“The world today revolves around the use of ICTs, which has become the backbone that anchors all competitive economies. As a nation we cannot afford to ignore this global reality.”
President Mugabe hailed the support recived from various well wishers who donated computers to further the computerization program since it did not have a budgetary provision.
A total of 20 schools from the province recived 10 computers each.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Nelson Chamisa handed over an I-pad tablet to President Mugabe.
Government officials present included Home Affairs co-Minister Theresa Makone, Minister of State Security Sydney Sekeramai and various MPs from the province.
New Ziana

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