HRDC Encourages Young ICT Programmers in Molepolole

The recent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Fair 2017 could not have been held at a better venue than Molepolole College of Education (MCE) in the Kweneng District. The Institution has produced the highest number of ICT Lecturers in the Country. On Friday 28th July 2017 the Botswana Schools Information and Communication Technology (BOSICTA) held its first National ICT Fair for Learners from Primary, Junior and Secondary School.

The theme of the event was “"ICT for Sustainable Innovation in the Class Room". Elaborating on the background of the association, Mr Kobamelo Mogampane, the Chairperson of BOSICTA indicated that their mandate is to actively encourage research in ICT, Promote the Science and art of IT and to develop competence of members through their code of conduct. The aim of the ICT Fair was to showcase the young programmers’ ICT projects and to have those projects judged by a panel of judges.

Giving the official opening address, Dr Raphael Dingalo, Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) said “this event is a major milestone in our Country’s education system and we are most impressed by this noble initiative.”

Dr Dingalo highlighted to the learners present that the advancement of ICT has completely changed the communication network of our country. “When I did my tirelo sechaba, there was no telecommunication systems and the only way to communicate was through a letter which would take a month to reach the addressee.” He further said that HRDC is responsible for coordinating the Nation’s Human Capital Development.

“As part of our mandate, we have partnered with the Ministry of Basic Education to integrate ICT into everyday teaching and learning.” Said Dr. Dingalo. He further noted that he was pleased that this event is a collaboration between public and private institutions. In conclusion he implored the Learners to think outside the box and to be innovative. “Innovation and creativity should be the driver of dreams.” Said Dr. Dingalo.

News Date: 
Monday, July 31, 2017