The African Virtual University (AVU) in collaboration with the University of Zambia (UNZA) completed the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) Basic Skills and ICT Integration in Education joint accreditation Certificate programs for Education Managers/Administrators, Teachers and Teacher Educators. These programs were designed to improve institutional management, teaching and learning practices as well as increase the number of ICT literate personnel in the Education Sector in Zambia.
The University of Zambia had an enrolment of 30 Students for ICT Basic Skills and out of the thirty, 22 of them also enrolled for ICT Integration in Education. The students were drawn from Secondary School teachers and administrators from Lusaka and Kitwe regions, as well as education managers from the Ministry of Education in Zambia. A graduation ceremony was held on 28th October 2011 at the University of Zambia in Lusaka for the thirty and twenty-two students who completed the programs successfully.
The ceremony was attended by University of Zambia officials, government representatives, the students and other well wishers. There were various speeches delivered during the ceremony and a vote of thanks was given by one of the graduates.
Overall the programs objective of improving the effectiveness of teaching and student's learning by developing teachers, managers and trainers' competencies and abilities in use ICTs as tools for teaching, learning and managing learning were met.
With the acquired knowledge and transfer of skills, the AVU is confident that the AVU/UNZA ICT Skills Graduates are well equipped to teach using ICTs, choose those that are most appropriate to stimulate learning and improve the quality of their delivery, and facilitate students' use and analysis of information from the internet and other Educational software thus making education more effective.