By Tamuka Charakupa
Government has reiterated its commitment to reducing the digital gap between urban and rural schools through investment in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) at rural learning facilities.
Chikukwa Primary School in Chimanimani is the latest rural learning facility to benefit from government’s Information Communication Technology programme after the handover of computers and printers by a local media organisation, Zimpapers, this Thursday.
Zimpapers Group Chief Executive Officer Pikirayi Deketeke emphasised the importance of digital investments in schools.
“As Zimpapers we are keen to see the growth of ICTs here at Chikukwa Primary School. It is without doubt that ICTs are the future so we will construct a computer laboratory lab so that our children are not left behind, just as the President always emphasises that no place and no one should be left behind,” he said.
Guest of Honour at the handover ceremony and Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who is also the Senator for Chimanimani, Zimunya and Marange, said the programme is in line with government’s digital inclusivity drive.
“This generous donation of laptops and printers, which had been facilitated through Zimpapers Group, is in line with government’s digital inclusivity drive and will help to ensure that the school and the wider community are not left behind towards the attainment of a digital economy. As government, we remain resolute in our efforts to bridge the digital divide by ensuring that all citizens have access to ICTs and broadband connectivity,” noted the minister.
Senator Mutsvangwa thanked government for establishing Chimanimani community radio station which is set to be key in promoting access to information in the district.
“We want to thank government for the establishment of Chimanimani FM, which is key in promoting the dissemination of information. The community needs to be informed about natural disasters, government programmes, community issues among others, because the New Dispensation is always saying no one and no place should be left behind.”
The Chimanimani district leadership acknowledged the importance of introducing ICTs in schools to enhance the learning process.
“ICTs marries well with Competence Based Curriculum, as such it enhances both learning and teaching techniques. We appreciate the introduction of ICTs in rural schools as it is a rich investment in human capital which also bridges the digital gap between urban and rural schools,” said Mr Micheal Chanyau, Chimanimani District Schools Inspector.
Chimanimani East legislator, Honourable Joshua Sacco said, “We thank government through Zimpapers for promoting our children so that they are not left behind.”
The Second Republic is on an accelerated drive to ensure rural communities are not left behind in the quest to digitalise all sectors of the economy.