Mr. Annan made his remarks in a speech to the recently formed Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), which was launched in Malaysia in June as a means of utilizing new technologies to fight poverty and promote development.“We must translate the vision of a truly global information society into reality… The Alliance’s Strategy Council has identified four priority areas: health, education, poverty reduction through enterprise creation, and citizens’ participation in governance,” he told the group’s high-level Steering Committee at today’s meeting in New York.“The Alliance will… have the flexibility to encourage additional organizations and individuals to participate. The idea is to develop a decentralized ‘network of networks’ on a global scale, so that the Alliance can draw in the relevant stakeholders, particularly as new issues emerge.”He said the group’s success will hinge on several factors, including its ability to formulate clear and attainable objectives, to operate with transparency and accountability and to work with a broad group of participants, and he commended its initial efforts, particularly recognition of the special challenges facing women, youth and marginalized groups.The Alliance’s Steering Committee brings together senior figures from government, as well as people from the fields of business, media and civil society. It includes Jamaludin Jarjis, Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, while the chairman is Craig Barrett, who also holds the same position for semiconductor giant Intel.“The challenge for the Alliance is relatively straightforward but certainly not simple – it’s really to bring the information and communication technologies and resultant development associated with the introduction of those technologies to the emerging worlds, the emerging marketplaces,” Dr. Barrett told reporters before the meeting.
With regard to the One Laptop per Teacher (OPLT) programme, the President was informed that some students were not able to benefit from the initiative. He assured that the programme will continue with the aim of ensuring that every educator is equipped with a laptop, which is now a vital teaching tool in the classroom. -as outreach to institutions in the education sector continuesPresident David Granger, on Wednesday, met with students and staff of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) as he continues his outreach to educational institutions in what he calls fact finding missions to hear from the administrators and beneficiaries directly even as Government zeroes in on modernising and reforming the educational sector.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the Head of State explained to students and instructors at the college that his administration recognises the importance of these consultations.Joined by the Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, during the visit, the President said that he acknowledges that much more needs to be done to ensure that the CPCE is better equipped to effectively train the nation’s teachers but the input of qualified stakeholders in the reform process is needed. “From what I can hear this afternoon, there must be more conversations; there must be more deliberations among the people, who are in the system. It is not a boardroom decision; it is not an academic decision that we can just sit in an office and make rules,” he said.President Granger also said that he will make the results of the recently completed report on the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the education sector available to the institution so that it can study its findings and add to its content, the MoTP said.The forum was highly interactive as it allowed for both staff and students of the institution to speak freely on issues that are affecting them.CPCE’s Vice-Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Paula Monforte said that as the Ministry of Education works to reform the sector, they should seek the knowledge, expertise and buy-in of people, who are specialists in the system. After the meeting, the President walked around to various sections of the College to get a better idea of the needs of the institution. He was accompanied Minister Henry, Chief Education Officer, Mr. Marcel Hutson and CPCE’s Principal, Ms. Viola Rowe. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSTEAM takes focus as 468 graduate from CPCEDecember 15, 2017In “latest news”President hands over $1M to CPCE for emphasis on STEMDecember 15, 2016In “latest news”MoE receives USD$86,000 second tranche grant from Chinese Govt for CPCE science improvementDecember 3, 2018In “latest news”