Acting President Joice Mujuru has expressed governmentâ€™s commitment to fully embrace information and communication technology in the education sector in line with the global trends.Â
Cde Mujuru said this while officially launching the Tele-education Project at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.
The launch of the project at the UZ is the third phase of the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabeâ€™s initiative to ensure the use of information communication and technology in the education sector.
Launching the project which is being implemented in conjunction with India, Acting President Mujuru said the country has a deliberate policy of ensuring that e-learning is applied in both urban and rural schools to cope with world class education standards.
â€œToday we are witnessing the beginning of the third phase of the programme in the form of the tele-education programme. I understand initially the programme will provide a platform where students and lecturers can search for content on the internet.
â€œThe programme will lead to the development of tele-learning infrastructure that will enable connectivity with various universities world-wide,â€ she said.
Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Jeitendra Tripathi said his country is prepared to continue imparting technology advancements to Zimbabwe to match the latest world information communication technology systems.
â€œAs India we are committed to assisting with funding, technical expertise and other critical resources to ensure that you also benefit from technology transfer,” he said.
Tele-education is when students access information via a telephone and a computer. It enables learners to be taught by experts in various fields from the partnering university in India which are Indira Ghandi National open University, Maity University, University of Madras Delhi and Bits Pilani University.
The programme is being coordinated by the Modernisation Department of the Ooffice of the President and Cabinet, ministries of Higher and Tertiary Education, Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development and Information Communication Technology.
The launch attracted several cabinet ministers, diplomats and academics who had the opportunity to witness a tele-education session.