Empowering educators, igniting innovation and showing success: Instituting an “Africa Digital Learning Day”
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For any innovation to hold and become part of our daily routine in executing certain acts differently from what we have been accustomed to requires long and frequent engagement with it. Furthermore, the adoption of an innovation induces cultural changes as we come to enjoy greater benefits in using it to enhance our capacity to accomplish more easily and with more productivity what hitherto demanded more efforts in time and resources. As a result, our outlook changes and we become more open to explore and integrate other innovations that would make a difference in our personal and professional lives.
The advent of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) has revolutionized almost all aspects of our social and economic interactions. During the last three decades, the speed at which we communicate, work, trade, both in real time and spatially, has been accelerated beyond our imagination. Africa has been one of the greatest beneficiaries of this revolution in terms of telephony through the current high penetration of mobile technologies and wealth creation as an increasing number of countries have now embraced the knowledge economy which is essentially driven by ICTs and the Internet. However, and in spite of the large body of evidence that shows the potential of ICTs to enhance teaching and learning, Africa’s pace in integrating digital learning in its schools and all learning environments still leaves a lot to be desired. With very few exceptions, there is yet a systemic big push or campaign at national, sub-regional and continental levels to ensure that digital learning is appreciated and celebrated as an important developmental issue and stake warranting the mobilization of practitioners, educators, learners, policymakers and the public at large