LIFE Academy: Globalt nätverk sprider IT-användandet

Anne Mlimuka på Tanzania Education Authority är en av deltagarna i "ICT for Pedagogical Development” och medlem i det globala nätverk som drivs av LIFE Academy. I en intervju berättar hon om vad deltagandet i programmet och kontakterna med Sverige betyder för henne och IT-användandet för utbildning i Tanzania.

På fredag (5 december) presenterar LIFE Academy det globala nätverket på Compare-lunchen som är en öppen mötesplats för alla som är intresserade och vill veta mer om möjligheterna med IT.

Nätverket har omkring 1.000 medlemmar i 80 länder. Flertalet innehar viktiga positioner i sina hemländer och vill bygga affärsrelationer mellan företag och organisationer i olika delar av världen.

  • När: Fredag 5 december kl 11:30-13:00
  • Var: Elite Stadshotellet i Karlstad
  • Kostnad: 100 kr per person som betalas på plats.
  • Anmälan: Senast tisdag 2 december via denna länk >>
  • Målgrupp: Lunchen är öppen för alla intresserade - bjud gärna med arbetskamrater, kunder och kollegor för att nätverka.
  • Program: Marlene Gustavsson och Sailaja Kurnool på LIFE Academy presenterar verksamheten

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Interview with Anne Mlimuka

Anne Mlimuka from the Tanzania Education Authority is one of the participants in LIFE Academy's International Training Program “ICT for Pedagogical Development”. She is a Principal Funds Allocations Officer, and her responsibility is to ensure quality education in Tanzania and to try and improve the academic performance in schools.

“This is important since the quality in both teaching and the equipment we have got has fallen over the recent years”, says Anne.

She found out about the training programme through the official channel, via the ministry, and she applied immediately. After being accepted for the programme she started to plan for her change project. Since she was interested in methods to help visually impaired students, the choice for the project was easy.

The second phase of the programme was in Sweden, in February –March this year.

The Sweden phase really made a change. Everything was new to me. The way I thought ICT was before, was completely different from what I learned. I came back as a changed person with regards to ICT. And I learned a lot about “projects”, I came to learn that the project has a starting point and an end point. That the objectives shall be very specific, and that there are differences between projects and programmes. What we call projects in Tanzania are not actually projects. I learned the difference in Sweden.

After phase 3, when time is spent to develop the participants change projects, we now meet in Vadodara, India for the regional phase. Ann finds the regional phase to be very interesting:

"India has more similarities with the underdeveloped countries. When we were in Sweden we felt that this is not even comparable to us…. The things we have seen here in India, we can apply in our country".

During phase 3 of the program Anne wrote an article entitled “ICT, pedagogical development can reduce poverty in Tanzania”, which was published in The Guardian, an English newspaper in Dar es Salaam.

"The essence of the article was to cry out loud!

I wanted people to hear me. It was a cry to many people what I have learned through the programme. I wanted to share it with a lot of people, and it was the best channel. I wanted every Tanzanian to see and understand the importance of ICT in education. I wanted to change their minds. I wanted them to “get out of the box”. Because the traditional way of using ICT is just for presenting materials, using ICT inside the 4 walls of a room, not thinking that it can be used for a better learning experience. We did not know about all that free materials available on the internet, we were still just using our own material".

And the article made an impact:

"Before I knew that the article was out, I got a phone call in the middle of the night with a question if I could translate it from English to Swahili so that it would reach even more people. Someone at the newspaper had taken his time to find out my telephone number and contacted me because he thought it was important to reach also the Swahili speaking community".

Even outside of Tanzania, people have read and reacted on the message. A donor agency in the UK has contacted Anne because they want to introduce the use of mobile phones as a tool for teaching English in Tanzania.

So the training programme has meant a lot to Anne. When she is going back to Dar es Salaam she wants to work even harder to share with others what she has learned so far in the program.

"I tell you, this has been a very good learning experience. It added values to my mind. It has challenged my mind! And I enjoyed every single piece of it. It has been a way to “fast track” to the right way of working. I am eager to get home and share what I have learned with my colleagues".



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