The 2nd of February 2017 marked yet another strategic milestone for Higherlife Foundation as it signed a ICT teacher training Memorandum of Understanding with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE). Through this MOU Higherlife Foundation and BUSE will provide ICT training to teachers in Zimbabwe. Lack of appreciation of information technology as a teaching tool and learning resource by teachers has been a major barrier and this training seeks to address this hurdle.
The Higherlife Foundation- BUSE MOU also comes at the right time as the foundation in partnership with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe are rolling out Ruzivo Smart Learning in Zimbabwe’s primary schools and teachers’ ability to use ICT is vital to the adoption of such platforms in schools.
For Higherlife Foundation, there could be no better time than now to contribute to Zimbabwe’s education system given that it recently signed an MOU with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education of Zimbabwe (MoPSe) who have also just unveiled a new education curriculum which greatly promotes use of ICT for capacity building in schools as well as data driven interventions.
This ICT teacher training programme will go a long way in equipping teachers with the necessary skills to support students as they adopt the new curriculum and use online learning resources like Ruzivo Smart Learning.
In attendance were The Vice Chancellor of Bindura University, Professor E. Mwenje while the Higherlife Foundation team there present was led by the Higherlife Foundation Executive Director, Mr. F. Mandiveyi. The signed MOU is strategically aligned with the priorities of both parties (Higherlife Foundation & Buse) and emphasises the need to leverage partnerships in education.
In his closing remarks, Professor Mwenje expressed his gratitude and exclaimed that with a more tech savvy teachers, Zimbabwe’s students stand a better chance at excelling academically through online learning technologies and resources.