The Association of African Universities (AAU) director for information and communication technology (ICT), Nodumo Dhlamini, has urged universities in Liberia to prioritize ICT education.
The AAU is based in Accra, Ghana with a mission to enhance quality education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to Africa’s development.
Dhlamini was recently addressing the international conference on advanced trends in ICT and management at the Centennial Pavilion on Ashmun Street in Monrovia. The conference brought together over 1,000 participants from across West Africa.
Dhlamini said ICT education can complement, enrich and transform Liberia’s education sector for the better and noted that ICT is a potential tool for change and innovation as it facilitates critical thinking skills among students because they have access to a variety of learning resources.
“ICT can be used to enhance student understanding thus increasing the quality of education; and it provides instant access to a vast array of data, challenging assimilation and assessment skills,” she noted.
“With ICT knowledge, students are more motivated, and as such, they become more creative when they are faced with new learning environments. Also, they are prone to assimilate in a disciplined way working collaboratively with their peers. As a result, they are able to generate knowledge and the capacity to handle rapid change in any environment.”
She said ICT allows for higher quality lessons through collaboration with teachers in planning and preparing resources; and by this, students learn new skills.
“At the AAU, we believe that the integration of ICT and education is important to the success and effectiveness of academic and research institutions,” she said. “Therefore, we will continue to work with member institutions to make sure that they fully transition to the use of ICT.”
In his remarks, Dr. Kapil Gupta, chairman of the Blue Crest University Council Board, promised the continuation of the conference to encourage universities in West Africa to prioritize ICT education. He stated that two key services that will help with growth, which is paramount to any nation, are to train the youths and second, to train the current workforce with the most relevant and affordable ICT skills.”