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Tam-George Tasks African Leaders To Embrace Digital Education

Communication and Educational Consultant, Austin Tam-George has tasked African leaders to embrace digital education.

Gatekeepers News reports that Tam-George has urged African leaders to rethink the educational delivery methods in schools across the continent, following the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tam-George made the call at a recent virtual conference organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The conference which was held from October 5-7 evaluated research findings on the impact of COVID-19 and e-learning on the education of young people in over 70 countries around the world.

Reports showed that the education of 1.5 billion young people around the globe was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many resorting to online learning.

UNESCO is seeking to document the experiences of young learners during the COVID-19 crisis as a basis for recommendations for educational policy reforms in the most impacted countries.

Tam-George at the conference said one of the lessons of the pandemic’s impact on education in Nigeria was the need to train teachers on digital teaching, online instructional learning design, and evaluation.

According to him, many teachers seemed ill-prepared for the sudden demands of online education.

While stating that “We need a new pedagogical playbook that prepares teachers on digital teaching, learning and evaluation” Tam-George added that “Rather than the isolated training of individual teachers by schools, we need a deeper structural reform. Colleges of Education must develop a comprehensive curriculum to train teachers on digital education”.

Tam-George who was appointed by UNESCO to serve as a technical advisor at the conference also charged African governments to expand broadband penetration by making internet access a fundamental right of citizens across the continent.

The COVID-19 global impact research was conducted by young people under the Youth-As-Researchers (YAR) initiative of UNESCO.

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