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Expert calls for computer literacy in primary schools

28th June 2013
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University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre (UCC)

 An expert in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Dr Respickius Casmir has said given the rapid changes occurring in the ICT sector, training on computer literacy should commence at primary school level.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon in Dodoma during ICT training conducted to MPs, Dr Casmir from the University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre (UCC) said since ICT is an enabler of integrated social-economic development; the government should include it in the education curriculum.

“We call upon the government to include ICT in the education curriculum because there is a direct relationship between access to information and social economic development,” he said. 

He said given the fact that the government has been formulating various strategies to combat poverty in the country; ICT is a sector that could have special contribution to that end.

“Tanzania needs to focus on empowering its citizens through information about the potential of ICT related systems and facilities to enhance their social- economic development,” he stressed.

He added: “Access to information needs to be central to the debate on poverty alleviation not only in Tanzania but also globally.”
He said the concept of ‘Information Society’ has made it imperative that no country could develop without involving and focusing on regional and global development perspectives.

According to Dr Casmir, ICT has directly employed people in a number of areas in various firms and organisations, noting that some private primary and secondary schools in the country have included ICT in their lessons.

Igalula MP (CCM), Athuman Mfutakamba, one of the beneficiaries of the training, called upon the government to establish an ICT park at the new Kigamboni City that is expected to be built.

He said Kenya is an example of the country in East Africa that has established the park, the decision that has attracted ICT companies like IBM, Apple, Dell and HP to bring their businesses to the country, hence creating employment opportunities.

The UCC has been training MPs on ICT to expand their knowledge on how to share and source information for their electorate day to day consumption. The training was offered in collaboration with UNDP.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN