Digital literacy

THE Ministry of Education is looking at introducing digital literacy into the primary and secondary schools curriculum soon.

Acting permanent secretary Basundra Kumar said they were considering a proposal on the subject by Australia-based NGO Reach for Your Future Foundation.

“The good point to note from the presentation is that it looks very promising for our Fijian students,” Ms Kumar said.

“It has an online curriculum that will enhance individual learning by the students. It is a Microsoft-accredited course and certification.”

She said the online courses were from basic to advance to expert levels, which would allow for added qualifications for students when they left school.

“I find this program meaningful and I encourage this partnership with the Reach for Your Future Foundation.

“This program is coming free to our schools and this will enable our students to benefit and compete with other students of the world through exposures to the latest technology.”

Reach for Your Future Foundation president Ganesh Sen said teacher and instructor training would also be facilitated.

“Students today learn in modes that their teachers could not even imagine decades ago when they were in school,” Mr Sen said.

“Digital literacy is one component of being a digital citizen — a person who is responsible for how they utilise technology to interact with the world around them.”

He said Natabua High School had already begun the program.

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