The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has partnered with iSchool Zambia in a project that aims to empower 73 schools through the supply and installation of digital content on 1,460 computers and training of 146 teachers.
The project is funded by ZICTA under the Universal Access and Service Fund (UASF) and is targeting 160 schools across the country out of which 73 are primary. This is in the Authority’s efforts to promote access to ICTs for all as well as ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all as outlined in the United Nations (UN)’s Sustainable Development Goal number four (4).
The project is aimed at enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in schools by enabling access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources. iSchool Zambia will be providing curriculum-aligned lesson plans, digital content and assessment tools, as well as continued training and mentoring for teachers and school leaders.
iSchool Zambia has a proven track record in project management through the delivery of digital content, technical support, training, mentoring and observation now deployed to more than 9,300 teachers and 35,000 devices across the country.
iSchool offers a full ecosystem of educational products and services in the Zambian market that includes curriculum-aligned content and lesson plans for Grade 1 – 7 in 8 local languages, assessments, data harvesting and analytics that aims to deliver impactful change for teachers and learners.
Davison Kapakyulu, Country Manager, iSchool Zambia “It is very important to bring together key stakeholders related to use of ICT in education in this case MoGE’s ICT department, iSchool Zambia and ZICTA’s agenda and create opportunities for partnerships. All of us in the technology/education industry and the ecosystem welcome the efforts all parties are putting in to ensure the Zambian learners adopt the use of technology at a tender age. Zambia is already a leading light in Africa for this progress in ICT infrastructure, ICT ecosystem and e-learning as evidenced by the setting up of the Smart Zambia Institute which has expressed interest in partnering with iSchool Zambia on the eLearning component. As iSchool we have built on this by coming up with a product that brings social and economic benefits to our learners and teachers not only in Zambia but to Africa in entirety. We look forward to partnering with more organizations that support inclusiveness for all regardless of one’s social status in society in the use of ICT in education.”
Project schools were strategically selected based on connection to the power grid or any other sources of power with secure infrastructure that would ensure the safety of the ICT equipment.
All schools were accorded an opportunity to apply stating clearly whether they met the selection criteria that was put forward by the Ministry of General Education. The selected schools were later scrutinized by ZICTA to ensure that all schools had all the facilities in place and a team to manage the programme.
This programme provides an opportunity for iSchool to be a part of a project that will empower many lives through ICT and digital education.