Eye on ICT Blog

18 July 2014

Helena Tapper Interviewed in the Morning show about ALICT

Information Communication Technology & Innovation and particularly capacity building in these areas is relatively new area in development programmes globally and by Finland. African Leadership in ICT (ALICT) is building capacity of policy makers and experts in ICT, Education and Science, Technology and Innovation in 13 countries in West, Eastern and Southern Africa. ALICT is a leadership capacity building course to strengthen participants’ leadership and to contribute to the development of their organisations. About 300 participants are currently studying in the course and 213 have graduated in the last 2 years. The course brings together participants across countries to address the regional and country specific issues in policies in ICT, Education and Science, Technology and Innovation. Many people are asking why not donor supports to health, education, rural development as priorities. However, investments in ICT, Education and Innovation are not competing with the traditional sectors; they are contributing to the development of those sectors. These investments have a longer term impact. continue reading >

13 April 2014

An interview with Ricaud Auckbur following the launch of the Mauritius Tablet PC Project

Ricaud Auckbur spoke to us recently about the launch of the Mauritius Tablet PC Project. Mr. Auckbur, along with three other ALICT alumni - Mrs Kavita Purmessur, Mr Rajnish Hawabhay and Mr Kishun Baguant - were part of the Mauritius Tablet PC Project team. The nation-wide Tablet PC Project for Mauritius was launched on Thursday March 27th 2014 with the start of the distribution of 26,100 Tablet PCs to all Form V (Year V of secondary schooling , or Grade 10) educators and students. The Tablets, which were procured through an open tendering exercise, are 10.1" Android devices delivered with pedagogical content in several core subjects (French, English, Mathematics and others) along with a Classroom Management System. continue reading >

26 February 2014

My knowledge society journey in Japan by Aklilu Habtu

Learning means to gain knowledge of areas of information and to communicate it to others. But many questions remain on the table regarding the embodiment of its use for the Knowledge society. How do we give meaning to our experiences is the question at the center of this question. Here is my experience from Japan. Japan is a country of contrasts even in the context of the countries and people of Asia. Japanese call their country as the "land of the rising sun" (??). They got this this name was first from ancient Chinese, who lent them their writing system (Kanji). For nearly one year, I have been living in the Hokkaido Prefecture of northern Japan. It is characterized by long winters, famous for its high accumulation of snow from October to April. This makes it the first snow area in the world. Snow accumulation reaches up to 2 mts. & temperature drops to about -20 between January & February. Accordingly, it is not a surprise to see an underground city built in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. The underground city is adequately supplied with public service and facility and the people have no worries about interruptions due to weather perturbations in the winter. The society heavily relies on ICT and ICT shapes their behavior and way of life. For example the city plan is well thought out as it has been built based on geographic coordinates. continue reading >

13 January 2014

MasterCard Foundation and GESCI introduce STEM teachers to new mobile learning platform

Last week, between the 7th and the 9th of January, at Kenya's School of Government, teachers from Machakos and Nakuru county secondary schools gathered together for the first time with a group of Master Trainers where they were introduced to a new mobile platform for Science, Technology, Mathematics and English language teaching. The training was the first in a two-year MasterCard Foundation project being implemented by GESCI in Kenya and Tanzania. The project will pilot the innovative use of ICTs to train secondary school teachers to improve their pedagogical skills and ability to integrate ICT into their teaching practice.

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4 November 2013

Applying what I learned on the ALICT course to improve my work and boost my career by Francis Otto

Ever since I enrolled for ALICT course in October 2012, my life has not been the same again. ALICT course opened my eyes to see a new world and approach things differently.

1- Knowledge and approach

Within my organization (Uganda National Council for Higher Education, NCHE), I have been able to create awareness about the knowledge society to the NCHE staff whilst helping them to appreciate knowledge society. Whilst I pointed out how inconsistence is detrimental to the development, I opened eyes to see that even within NCHE, there are several policy inconsistencies. I am now glad that the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 and other statutory regulations are being revised.

Since I am privileged to attend the Ministry’s top management meeting, I was able to contribute in raising the awareness about inconsistencies in some of the policies within the ministry of education to the effect that a programme that was to be launched by a state university had to be halted to allow coherence planning to be done since another department within the ministry had also been running a similar programme. continue reading >