Government partners Microsoft Corporation

THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has partner, Microsoft Corporation in a digital drive that is set to turnaround the education sector in line with global trends and the demands of the new curriculum.

Speaking at a training workshop of senior managers for managers in the ministry of education by the American software giant, Education minister Professor Paul Mavima said the gesture by Microsoft was a step in the right direction for the education sector.

“Information technology remains a global enabler to socio-economic transformation, hence the need for the country to roll out massive ICT programmes starting with basic education.”

Microsoft Corporation Regional Manager for Education Industry in Sub Saharan Africa, Warren la Fleur applauded the ministry’s ICT vision, saying it will accelerate the country’s development through creation of modern skills.

Through this programme, the government is hoping to develop localised digital curriculum content, adopt an ICT policy, ensure electrification and computerisation of schools and develop relevant infrastructure including connectivity.

Professor Mavima added that as a Ministry, they remain committed to providing equitable, quality, inclusive, relevant and competence-driven Infant, Junior, secondary and Non-Formal education for the benefit of Zimbabweans.

He said the workshop will serve as a springboard for implementation of ICT in education and general educational digital transformation.

Aware of the critical financial challenges that may threaten the project, Prof Mavima appealed for funding from all stakeholders.

Microsoft’s Regional Manager for Education Industry in Sub Sahara Africa, Warren La Fleur lauded the Ministry’s ICT vision saying it will revolutionalize the education industry. He said his organisation will help in the attainment of the set goals.

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