Role of ICT in improving levels of Higher Education in Africa

A plan to open distance learning in higher education institutions is in the offing in an effort to make use of technology to have better education and for more people to have access to education.

This was according to the UNESCO Adviser for Communication and Information, Du Toit Jaco as he spoke to us on the progress and role of IT in improving higher education on the sidelines of the just ended Conference on Higher Education, Policy and Research in Djibouti.

The regional event was covering the thirteen countries of UNESCO in Eastern Africa namely Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The event focused on information and communication technology in education, climate change, peace and security and its contribution to Higher Education.

A number of high profile guests were in attendance including the Mauritian President Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakir as well as the host President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. Higher Education Ministers from Djibouti and Senegal, AU Commissioners and university professors were also attending as well as opinion leaders, students and representatives of development organizations.

Mr. Jaco added that participants attending the sessions came up with recommendations on how better, inclusive and holistic policies that spoke to ICTs in Higher Education institutions so that they address real problems being faced in the higher education system.

ICT is making dynamic changes in society since it is influencing all aspects of life. The influences are felt more and more at schools. ICT provides both students and teachers with more opportunities in adapting learning and teaching to individual needs, society is, forcing schools aptly respond to this technical innovation.

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