Ministers confirmed for Zimbabwe ICT for Education Summit

Preparations continue for the Southern African ICT for Education Summit 2012 ( taking place on 26th-27th January at the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The organisers, AfricanBrains, are delighted to announce the following Ministers have so far confirmed:

Under the Patronage of The Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts & Culture
Under the Patronage of The Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts & Culture
  • Hon. David Coltart – Minister of Education, Zimbabwe
  • Hon. Nelson Chamisa – Minister of ICT, Zimbabwe
  • Hon. Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize – Deputy Minister of Higher Education, South Africa
  • Hon. Dr. Julien Nimubona – Minister of Higher Education, Burundi
  • Hon. Dr. John T N Phiri – Minister of Education, Zambia
  • Hon. Dr. Mathias Harebamungu – Minister of Education, Rwanda
  • Hon. Dr. George Thapatula Chaponda – Minister of Education, Science & Technology, Malawi
  • Hon. Zeferino Martins – Minister of Education, Mozambique
  • Hon. Winnie Magagula – Minister ICT, Swaziland
  • Hon. Wilson M. Ntshangase – Minister of Education, Swaziland

The heads of ICT for the Ministry of Education, Botswana have also confirmed with more to be announced soon.

The Summit, under the patronage of the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts & Culture, will be based around dedicated pre-scheduled meetings between the private sector & government ministers.

Senator David Coltart, Zimbabwe Minister of Education, Sport, Arts & Culture stated: “It is essential to deliver investment in ICT for education through strong partnerships with international and local technology leaders.”

The summit will focus on key areas for establishing such partnerships and procurement between the ministries of education and the private sector:

  • Connectivity – delivering the “last mile”
  • Reducing internet bandwidth and telecoms costs
  • E-learning and M-learning programs
  • Electronic publishing
  • Pedagogy for science and mathematics teaching
  • Investment in African digital content
  • Vocational & technical colleges
  • Data centres and digital storage for the education sector

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