Some 300 Schools Are Benefitting from Digital Technology: Ministry of Education Featured

13 Mar 2018
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Addis Ababa March 13/2018  Some 300 schools across the country are benefitting from digital technology introduced to promote quality education, Ministry of Education announced.

This was disclosed at a consultative meeting held today with the view to scaling up the project on the use of digital resources to enhance the quality of general education in Ethiopia.

A pilot project earlier implemented at two schools in Oromia and Amhara regions were successful, it was learned.

Education and Research Director at the Ministry, Zelalem Assefa said Ethiopia cannot abandon digitalized education system which will enable us to ensure high quality education in a world where information technology is expanding in all spheres.

Ministry of Education is working with development partners like the World Bank to utilize digital technology in 300 schools nationwide based on the experience from the two schools, the Director elaborated.

Zelalem said it also contributes significantly to resolving the issue of distribution of books and lack of teachers at various schools in the regions.

The project allows students to adapt new technologies and increase their access to educational materials and supportive resources without resorting to the use of the internet.

Oromia Regional Education Bureau ICT Director, Yusuf Mohammed stated that the pilot project on digital learning has made a great contribution in adding value to the promotion of the educational system in the region.

It has helped students to familiarize themselves with technological outputs like tablet which would enable them to increase their efficiency in their educational activities, he added.

According to Yusuf, the project would help to resolve the hurdle that many schools face in operating and using the Plasma technology as the students get access to soft copies of the educational materials to be used on tablets.

The pilot project reportedly started three years ago.

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