13.03.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Zimbabwean stakeholders agree on elements for ICT in higher education policy

Stakeholders who attended the second consultative meeting on the formulation of Zimbabwe’s policy on ICT in higher education agreed on several elements that should be included in the policy. The meeting was held in Harare from 7-9 March 2018.

After deliberating on the values and principles underpinning a digital learning policy for higher education in Zimbabwe, the stakeholders agreed that digital access and inclusion; professional development; digitised curriculum, content and assessment; as well as learning models communities and environments are some of the key elements that should be included in the policy. Other policy elements that were agreed on include innovation, research and development; and management and administrative efficiency.

The participants also noted that support mechanisms required for the policy to be successful include national co-ordination, organisational capacity, change management, partnerships, financing and resource mobilisation, monitoring, evaluation, research and learning.

Deliberations from the workshop will be used as notes in the development of the first draft of the policy. Further consultations will also be carried out after the development of the first draft. The workshop agreed on a roadmap for the rest of the policy making process.

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development hosted the meeting which was attended by representatives (ICT Directors and leaders of institutional ICT policies) from all higher education institutions in Zimbabwe.

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) is supporting this policy development process through the UNESCO-Korean Funds-in-Trust project entitled, “ICT Transforming Education in Africa”. The project is being implemented in Zimbabwe under the theme: “Transforming Zimbabwe into a Knowledge Based Society: Strengthening Quality Education through Integrating ICTs into Teaching, Learning, Research and Innovation”.

For more information contact: d.tererai(at)unesco.org or aw.coulibaly(at)unesco.org.

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