Oshana education directorate hosts ICT conference

16 Mar 2014 16:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 MAR (NAMPA) - Education Minister Dr David Namwandi says information and communication technology (ICT) significantly improves learner performance and education outcomes.
Namwandi said this in a statement read on his behalf by deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Hanu Shipena at the first-ever e-learning conference of the Oshana Region’s Education Directorate.
The conference was held at the Ongwediva-based Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus of the University of Namibia (Unam) last Wednesday.
According to the Education Minister, ICT also equips teachers with new skills.
“We acknowledge that technology, if appropriately selected and properly utilised, can make education systems more cost-effective,” Namwandi stated.
He further noted that abundant research has indicated that technology can be a catalyst for positive change in education and training.
The two-day e-learning conference was aimed at discussing and demonstrating how ICT can improve education outcomes.
“As we embrace new technology in education, we should constantly strive to adapt to the ever-changing ICT environment,” the minister said.
Live demonstrations of ICT use in the teaching and learning of mathematics, English, agriculture, physical science, biology and life science was conducted during the conference.
Participants also familiarised themselves with how images can easily be used in teaching to improve the memory of learners and how teachers can easily explain complex instructions through ICT.
Education Director for the Oshana Region, Dutte Shinyemba, told this news agency on the sidelines of the conference that a number of teachers and learners from different schools in the region participated in the conference.
The theme of the conference was ‘e-Learning for Innovation in the Classroom’.