May 19, 2024 7:09 am
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In a world where technology is at the forefront of progress, ensuring access to digital resources is paramount, especially in the field of education. The Eswatini Communications Commission (ESCCOM) through the UASF recognized this need and took a remarkable step in the right direction. On the 19th of August 2020, a significant handover event took place at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, where the Fund contributed 945 laptops and 21 trolleys to selected schools in Eswatini. The event was graced by the Honourable Minister of Education & Training, who shared insights and gratitude for this generous contribution. 

In his opening remarks, the Honourable Minister highlighted the significance of this support, particularly in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted education. He expressed the Ministry’s commitment to assist learners, who are the nation’s future leaders, especially during these challenging times. 

The beneficiaries of this contribution included schools from all regions of Eswatini, as well as the University of Eswatini’s Institute of Distance Education (IDE). Each of the 21 schools and IDE received 1 trolley and 45 laptops, amounting to a total of 21 trolleys and 945 laptops for the beneficiaries. 

 

The Honourable Minister stressed the importance of narrowing the digital divide, stating, “Learners need to develop ICT skills so that they can function effectively in the broader society and can contribute to the sustained use of ICTs within it. It is for this very reason that Government together with partners such as ESCCOM will ensure that the digital imbalances are completely eradicated.” 

 

The laptops and trolleys provided will not only equip learners with digital literacy skills but also assist them in various subject areas, including research through the use of the Internet and electronic educational resources. Teachers will also benefit from this technology, as it enhances lesson delivery and supports research. 

The partnership between the Ministry of Education and Training and the Fund is instrumental in improving the quality of education and increasing ICT uptake in the education sector. The Honourable Minister emphasized that ICT connectivity is essential to provide learners with ‘twenty-first century skills’ and enhance the culture of e-learning. 

 

Likewise, ICTs can streamline administrative tasks and data collection, making education systems more efficient and effective. The Ministry of Education and Training is dedicated to helping teachers and learners utilize technology in authentic ways, improving education quality and fostering lifelong learning. 

 

The Honourable Minister expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Ministry of ICT and ESCCOM for this invaluable support. He acknowledged the substantial impact of computer technology in education and highlighted its critical role in improving various aspects of the education system. This symbolizes the investment in the future of Eswatini’s education and the fostering of a more connected, informed, and empowered generation. UASF‘s commitment to bridging the digital divide in education is a commendable stride towards a brighter future for Eswatini.