Tanzanian authorities have started to train 1,044 teachers on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) as an engine to propel the east African nation’s industrialization drive, an official said on Tuesday.
Selemani Jafo, the Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Regional Administration and Local Government, said the teachers were selected from public schools in 26 regions in Tanzania mainland and five regions from the Zanzibar archipelago.
He said the training was aimed at enabling the teachers to be able to train students on ICT which was a hub to the country’s development.
“As Tanzania is moving toward an industrial economy it is vital that students adopt the use of ICT,” Jafo said when he opened a five-day ICT training for 296 teachers at the University of Dodoma (UDOM).
The training to empower teachers with basic ICT skills has been organized by the Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF) in three centers of the UDOM, the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology and the Mbeya University of Science and Technology.
The minister said the 296 teachers gathered at UDOM came from public secondary schools in the country’s nine regions of Dodoma, Geita, Kigoma, Simiyu, Tabora, Mwanza, Kagera, Mara and Singida.
Jafo said ICT was central to everything across the world, adding that it was sensible that Tanzanian teachers learned ICT and passed the knowledge to students who were the future workforce of the country.
Justina Mashiba, UCSAF Acting Chief Executive Officer, said the training was aimed at empowering teachers with skills on basic trouble shooting in computer.
Mashiba said the urge to empower teachers with basic ICT skills came after UCSAF recently launched school connectivity project to link public secondary schools with the Internet. Enditem