Published On: Sat, Mar 12th, 2016

ICT key enabler of socio-economic development: Anusha Rahman


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rahman has been invited by UNESCO and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the formulation of policy to use technology for the proliferation of education.

While addressing this forum at UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week at Paris, Anusha Rahman said, “ICT is the key enabler of socio economic development,” according to a message received here from Paris on Friday said

She said the Government of Pakistan under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accorded its highest priority to the development of ICT infrastructure and applications to accelerate the digitalization in the country.

With the launch of 3G/4G the internet penetration in the country upped from 3% to over 15% in short space of one year, she said, adding, recently the government has issued a long awaited Telecom Policy, marked as landmark document by Industry experts for the incorporation of numerous measures to accelerate the digitalization in the country.

Minister for IT mentioned during the course of discussion, “One of the potential business cases of ICT industry is to use the Mobile Technology as a vehicle to help bring high quality learning to people who did not have access to it.”

This can lead to devise strategies which can ensure that widely owned mobile devices facilitate the learning of groups that are under-served educationally, including economically disadvantaged families, women and girls, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas.”

She mentioned the government’s endeavors to use the technology for the uplift of socio economic development through public private partnership.

ICT for Girls project is one the endeavors in place under which thousands of Girls will be trained by Microsoft on coding and computing to increase their employability potential, she added.

Anusha Rahman further highlighted that another project with the partnership of Cisco and Microsoft is in process where the young children from the public schools of ICT region will be trained in practical IT education.

Reiterating the government’s vision of providing affordable and accessible ICT services to the masses, through USF billions of Rupees are being spent to provide telecom and broad band services to under-served and un served areas of the country.

She emphasized, “The focus should be to define the characteristics of high quality mobile learning content and models which will prompt the production and wide dissemination of this content.”

“Through mutual collaboration with the stake holders of the education and ICT sectors of the country we can develop mobile technologies which can accelerate the use and sharing of Open Educational Resources and simultaneously better support contents in local languages.”

She said since many educators are not effectively trained to facilitate learning, another possible investment for ICT industry can be the development the Mobile Technologies that can help support teachers and make instructions more effective.

“It can also enable new pedagogues that improve the quality and relevance of learning. Such mobile technologies can build the capacities of teachers helping ensure that they are able to provide quality teaching.”

She further said, “By facilitating knowledge sharing between countries, organizations, and individuals, the ICT industry must focus on earlier roll outs of educational technologies to ensure that new investment in ICT meaningfully improve student learning.”

She emphasized the need of sharing the experiences of member countries more frequent basis to learn and scale the best solutions at respective countries.

IT Minister also called on UNESCO Director General Ms. Irina Bokova and shared with her the vision and endeavors of the present government to spur the socio economic development through ICT.

UNESCO DG lauded the role and efforts of current Government and remarked it highly impressive.

It was decided to scale up the scope of cooperation for Pakistan. On the sidelines, the IT Minister interacted with the Ministers from Albania, Elsalvador and ITU Director Mr. Brahma Sanou. –APP


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology