BY TAPFUMANEI MUCHABAIWA
Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services, Jenfan Muswere urged people to use the internet responsibly.
Speaking at the launch of an ICT lab for primary and secondary schools in Kakora in Mashonaland Central province last Friday, Muswere said the government would continue to encourage a culture of e-learning in the country and to develop relevant skills and capacities in a digital economy.
“Access to ICTs and effective participation in the digital economy are key to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Zimbabwe,” Muswere said.
“The government wants all citizens of Zimbabwe to have access to the internet and digital connectivity, including rural and low-income communities. Our department is rolling out a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the digital footprint in rural communities.
“It is therefore incumbent on us as government to cultivate the culture of e-learning in our children, with the aim of developing the relevant skills and capacities to harness the digital economy for socio-economic development in Zimbabwe. “.
Muswere said the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the way people go about their daily business, so it was imperative for Zimbabweans to become digitally literate.
“The challenges posed by the pandemic have amplified the call for universal access to ICTs and the use of digital platforms,” Muswere said.
“Bridging the digital divide is now critical for the 2.9 billion people who still remain offline around the world, let alone the millions who are unconnected in our beloved country of Zimbabwe. The call for universal access has never been more deeply felt than during the difficult times we have found ourselves in, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Muswere said that if advanced technology and digital skills were a prerequisite for developing a culture of innovation and the cornerstone of success in the digital economy and e-learning, people should use the internet in a way responsible because technology has its own dangers if not used correctly.