Award of ENEA plaques and certificates in Cote d'Ivoire
At the end of the Digital Schools of Distinction workshop, 20 heads of schools from schools implementing the Ecole Numérique d'Excellence Africaine (ENEA) Programme in Côte d'Ivoire made a commitment to implement its DSD roadmap so that learning never stops in their respective school structures. The African Digital Schools of Excellence (ENEA) project in Côte d'Ivoire launched on June 8, 2016 by the Ministry of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training (MENETFP) and the international organization Global E -Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) holds in its genes the solution to the continuity of learning, especially in situations similar to those imposed by Covid-19. This is what emerged from the conclusions of the Digital Schools of Distinction (DSD) workshop, in French Ecoles Numériques de Distinction, which was held on June 17 and 18, 2020 at the Hotel La Rose Blanche in Cocody-Angré and on June 22 - 23, 2020 at the Hotel Villa des Hôtes II in Yamoussoukro. The ENEA project aims to provide each school with an effective, sustainable and reproducible model for developing the leadership skills of the school head and the technological skills of the teacher. This model can help resolve issues related to declining quality of education, overcrowded classrooms and insufficient numbers of STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics) teachers and disorganized integration of ICT at secondary level in Côte d'Ivoire. It places particular emphasis on the use of ICTs to promote innovative practices in STEM teaching-learning. Speaking on behalf of Minister Kandia CAMARA, Mr. Aboubacar COULIBALY, Director of Technologies and Information Systems (DTSI), first congratulated the two institutions for their initiative in accordance with the ICT roadmap of the ENEAs and encouraged the others to follow suit. According to him, the problem of courses for intermediate secondary classes who have not been able to complete their school program must be addressed thanks to the training received as part of the ENEA project. Finally, he assured the heads of schools of the availability of the management for which he is responsible to support any school digital transformation project, in particular e-learning which is chosen to ensure the continuity of learning in ENEA schools. In words full of satisfaction, Sylvie TANFLOTIEN, Country Representative of GESCI, welcomed the holding of the DSD workshop also in Abidjan and in Yamoussoukro. According to her, this event should be held now so that the educational community could see that at this precise stage of the ENEA project, it was planned that the e-learning events would be visible in all places of the target schools. This would have contributed to a prompt response to the end of classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is why she invites the heads of schools to consider this meeting as a small torch, "May this spark what you have, which is light, that we can put it together so that it is a great flame like that of the Olympic Games that never goes out, so that it can continue to enlighten us ” Jerome Morrissey, Director of GESCI said: “The overall objective of ENEA is to identify a sustainable model to enrich the quality of teaching and provide students with the skills required for workplaces in the economy of knowledge in development in Ivory Coast. ” He added that GESCI is delighted to continue working with the ministry on this innovative initiative in Ivory Coast.