ICT Syllabuses Must Be Relevant- Minister

By Fostina Mkandawire

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani on Thursday cautioned Universities in the country to develop Information Communication Technologies (ICT) syllabuses that are relevant to the development of the country

He said Government attaches great importance to ICT development as a catalyst for national economic development more so where such initiatives target the youth.

Botomani was speaking during the 2019, Huawei Malawi Seeds for the programme Farewell Ceremony in Lilongwe.

He said the ICT sector was evolutionary and changes at a fast rate therefore whenever Universities are developing courses they have to have in mind that important aspect.

“Government has a National ICT Policy guiding the direction of ICT development. The policy supports the national goal of wealth creation and poverty reduction through economic development,” the Minister said.

Botomani called upon all Universities whether public or private to develop the syllabuses along the lines of the ICT policy and other advanced universities in the world.

Seeds for the future is Huawei’s global corporate social responsibility flagship programme established in 2015, and it seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfers, and improve people’s understanding and interest in the ICT industry.

“The Seed for the Future is a life changing encounter which will introduce the students to the world class ICT infrastructure and hands on experience and skills,” he said

He commended Huawei for Seed initiative because it will assist in developing the ICT sector in the country, he therefore called upon I stakeholders to emulate Huawei’s good gesture.

Managing Director of Huawei Technologies, Wan Wei said this was the fourth cohort of the beneficiaries of the Seed for the Future flagship programme since it started in 2015.

He said students from different ICT training institutions across the country would travel to Beijing City in China and would later proceed to Shenzhen, the Headquarters of Huawei Technologies Limited.

“Huawei is committed to collaborating with Government, local universities, enterprises to continuously help the country nurture ICT talent, promote the rapid development of information industry,”  Wei said

The 10 students will be in China for two weeks to be trained in the latest ICT innovations.-MANA