A workshop to finalize the policy document on Information Communication Technology (ICT) has been held in Accra.

The workshop aimed to produce a workable policy document that could be serve as a framework or building block for integrating ICT in education in Ghana,  promote improvement in education service delivery and create a generation of computer literate workforce and entrepreneurs to compete globally.

The one-day workshop also sought to prepare the ground for bridging the gap between policy and current actual practices in ICT in Education and to address critical issues of access, equality and quality in Education as well as governance, sustainability, funding and risk management issues, among others. It was organized by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

In an address delivered on his behalf at the opening of the workshop, yesterday, the Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, said ICT could be used to facilitate teaching and learning, and improve living conditions, adding that countries had transformed their education systems and fortunes through ICT in education and that Ghana should not afford to, and should not, be left out of the huge benefits that ICT offered in the 21st century.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said when ICT policy in education was implemented, it would go a long way to address the unemployment challenge among the youth. She said ICT was a career path option and that Ghana should not continuously depend on software applications developed by foreign countries.

She disclosed that as part of the Ministry‘s efforts to ensure that ICT policy was responsive to the changing times and circumstances, the Education Ministry organized  two workshops and technical meetings to look at governance issues, the learning environment, infrastructure and technical support, partner organizations and other critical issues that could affect the implementation of the policy.

The five-chapter policy document explains why ICT was an important part of modern society and the role it plays in the education sector. The policy also seeks to underpin the vision and mission of MoE, with a view to identifying how the sector could use ICT to develop the requisite human resource for the country and meet the demand of the labour market, locally and internationally.

Credit: ISD (Aliyah Bayali)

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