3IntroductionICT offers new opportunities to enhance education & to improve the quality of delivery education in all areasMOEVT believes that the use of ICT in teaching, learning, administration & management represent a powerful tool with which to achieve educational & national development objectives
4Education objectives & policy objectives “…to promote the acquisition and appropriate use of literary, social, scientific, vocational, technological, professional and other forms of knowledge, skills and understanding for the development and improvement of man and society…” (Education and Training Policy, 1995)The policy guides the integration of ICT in basic educationIt is directed at the achievement of the objectives of Tanzania’s education policies and education development programmes
6Expected outcomes Improvement of access & equity to basic education Increase the number and quality of teachersIncrease in levels of acquisition and use of knowledge & skills for all learnersImprovement of efficiency & effectiveness of the management & administration of education at all levelsBroaden the basic education financing, while optimizing the use of education resources
7Prioritization & sustainability Priority levels: Teacher education, Secondary education (in phase) and primary educationAt the same time: Adult Education, vocational training, libraries and administration and management
8ICT Philosophy for basic education – vision and mission A well educated and learning knowledge society
9MISSION:Integrate ICT to enhance access, equity,quality and relevance of basic education,while stimulating and improving teachingand life-long learning
10Objectives of the policy The objectives of this policy are to:Intergrate the use of ICT to achieve educational policy objectivesPromote the harmonization of activities, approaches and standards in the educational uses of ICTEnsure that there exists equitable access to ICT resources by students, teachers and administrators in all regions and types of educational institutions and officesEnsure proper management & maintenance of ICT resourcesFacilitate the development & use of ICT as a pedagogical toolPromote development of local content for basic education and othersEncourage partnershipFacilitate use of ICT resources in schools, colleges and libraries
11Challenges of ICT policy for basic education Some of the challenges foreseen in this policy are:Insufficient prioritization of ICT in the implementation of educational and development policiesInadequate and development in sharing, collaboration and partnership in ICT implementationInadequate infrastructureInsufficient number of qualified technical personnelInsufficient financial resourcesInadequate training and capacity development resulting in under-utilisation of ICTLack of awareness on importance of ICT
12Policy contextThe context of this Policy for ICT implementation in the education sector originates from a number of country policy documents:Tanzania Development Vision 2025National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP)Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)National Information and Communications Technologies PolicyEducation and Training Policy of 1995 (ETP)Education Sector Development Programme (ESDP)Education Sector ReviewWorld Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
13ICT Policy statements Infrastructure and Technical Issues Curriculum and ContentTraining and Capacity BuildingPlanning, Procurement and AdministrationManagement, Support and SustainabilityMonitoring and Evaluation
14Modalities for implementation Publicise this policy on ICT in education in as many ways as possibleForm an ICT4E Unit and a network of ICT4E Focal persons in all departments to oversee the integrationFacilitate the preparation and implementation of the necessary Action Plans, in collaboration with stakeholdersICT4E Unit will be advised by a Steering Committee, comprised of key stakeholders, partners and Ministry representatives, as well as Technical Advisory Groups for specific areasImplementation of this policy will be via a partnership approach involving the community, private and public organizations, and development partners.
15Ministry will value what work has been done by other partners Implementation of this policy will be aligned to all relevant national and sectoral ICT programmes in Tanzania, as well as related regional and international initiatives.