By Providence Maraneli
THE Second Republic’s ’s endevour to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban schools continues to gather pace following the establishment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) laboratories at three schools in Bulilima District.
There is a proverbial fresh breeze blowing in the once marginalised Bulilima District after government established ICT laboratories at three schools.
For schools that needed to travel for more than 100 km to Plumtree Town to just type or print a simple notice, the development is viewed as a game changer.
For young Ethel Ndlovu in Grade 4 at Mathambo Primary School the development will enable her to learn like their peers in urban areas.
“I am so happy that I can now operate a computer, we could only hear it from friends when they come for holiday. We are going to learn just like our peers in urban schools and we are grateful to government,” she said.
For parents, the development demonstrates government’s seriousness in equitable infrastructure development.
“We thank the President for developing our areas that were once left behind. Our schools will now be able to operate like those in towns and whatever happens in town our children here in the rural areas will also do it and we are going to have computer students here,” said a parent.
With the education sector still recovering from the shocks of COVID-19 the general feeling is that the establishment of ICT centers is key in delivering digital literacy in once marginalized areas.
“This is commendable, the government is seeing to it that we empower our children in the rural schools so that they catch up with the digital trends . It will make it easier for both the learner and the teacher and as a ministry we are grateful.The government is not leaving any place behind,” noted Dr Evelyn Ndlovu, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education.
Handing over 90 laptops to the three schools in Bulilima this Saturday, Deputy Minister of ICT , Postal and Courier Services, Hon Dingimuzi Phuti reaffirmed the Second Republic’s ’s resolve to close the digital divide between rural and urban schools.
“As government, we have a deliberate policy to help schools establish these ICT laboratories to ease the burden on these schools. We don’t want to have a situation where learners from rural schools are disadvantaged because they don’t have these facilities,” he said,
The government has taken a deliberate trajectory of helping schools establish state of art ICT labs throughout the country