Ministers, global agencies scan uplifting education technology

15Dec 2021
Correspondent
Dubai
The Guardian
Ministers, global agencies scan uplifting education technology

TANZANIA is ready to work with global technological agencies to take the delivery of education in the country to another level, a global education meeting has been told on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo 2020 continuing here.

Finance and Planning minister Dr. Mwigulu Nchemba stresses a point on measures taken by the government in catalytic investments in the education sector at the climax of WireED consultation meeting on to improve education on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo yesterday. Photo: Ben Mwaipaja of Treasury.

TANZANIA is ready to work with global technological agencies to take the delivery of education in the country to another level, a global education meeting has been told on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo 2020 continuing here.

A conference on educational issues under the logo Wiring Education (WirED) brought together stakeholders from technological industries and public agencies supervising the delivery of education, to see how modernisation can be pursued and what it would cost, on the basis of current budgetary ceilings.

Issues like improving education and empowering the youths when going through school and immediately beyond were examined, with two cabinet ministers expressing government commitment to elevate education so as to produce competent manpower, speeding up national development.

Finance and Planning minister Dr Mwigulu Nchemba said at the meeting that more resources are needed in the education sector, considering the massive disruptions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government will be increasing yearly budgetary allocations for education, thus development partners could also support government efforts towards providing quality education at all stages of education.

 “President Samia Suluhu Hassan has directed that a large part of the 1.3trn/- loan recently approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) be directed at education,” he said.

Prof Joyce Ndalichako, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology, said there is political will and commitment to increase budgetary allocations for education from the current 17 percent to 20 per cent in the next budget.

RewirEd is a global platform whose vision is to rewire education for a prosperous and sustainable future.

Led by Dubai Cares in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and in close coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, it is delivered in partnership with global stakeholders.

RewirEd is set up as a catalyst in redefining education to ensure a future that is prosperous, sustainable, innovative and accessible to all, on the basis of inclusion in technological capacities at all stages.

Participants at the summit discussed education globally: youth skills and the future of work, where innovation in education and education financing were the key discussion areas.

The summit convened education stakeholders including education restructuring activists, policy makers, youth agencies, the private sector, international organisations and private foundations, among others.

They met under one roof for three days to engage in discussions, panels, hands-on workshops, also launching exciting initiatives and experiments, officials said.

“The consultations featured stakeholders including new and unlikely allies, to explore questions and plan for the future, around the key thematic areas,” they said. Some of the emerging questions in the agenda touched on technological redefining and delivery of education, they added