The Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS) launched the 2nd edition of the National Digital and Distance Learning Conference (NDDLC).
The nation of Ghana saw the first innovation of a novel learning tool on the continent of Africa.
The DG gave an address on the topic, “The Role of ICT in the Pre-Tertiary Cycle (The Success).”
The event, which was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, draw a combined in-person, Students and virtual participants of over 2500.
Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Dr. Eric Nkansah and the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, participated in the 2nd edition of the National Digital and Distance Learning Conference.
The NDDLC is considered decisive, timely and crucial, owing to the irreversibly fast-changing trends taking place in education delivery across the world, propelled by rapid advancements in digital technology.
Opening the meeting, the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, said digital learning was one of the ways available for the country to leapfrog inequality in education.
He said the government was resolved to change the course of history in terms of education in the country, and the right investment was being made in the sector, to make the President’s vision of using education as a transformative tool a reality.
“The President is really determined. Digital learning can come to the rescue, I am happy to announce to you first time publicly that we are going to develop and begin the Ghana virtual high school. The virtual high school will give opportunity to many of our youth to enroll virtually and complete high school online,” Dr Adutwum noted.
He said, ‘If you have a top performing teacher, for example at Presbyterian Boys Secondary School (PRESEC) who is very famous for science, that teacher can teach the whole country virtually as in Pronius. In real time, other teachers will stop their instruction and pay attention to what the great instructor from PRESEC will be teaching. After that they can do all the activities and then continue from there,” he emphasised.
Dr Adutwum said “there would not be the need to wait until more teachers are trained to become great instructors. There is the need to leapfrog inequality by extending the services of one great instructor to all high schools. This is what distance education should be doing for us.”
The Executive Director of CENDLOS, Nana Gyamfi Adwabor, said the successes of the past year had fuelled the determination to continue pushing the boundaries of digital and distance learning in the country.
He said this was the only way by which the country could push the boundaries of digital and distance learning to create inclusive and equitably accessible educational opportunities for.
Nana Adwabor explained that this year’s theme for the conference underscored the critical need for collaboration and collective action.
“By bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise, we can leverage our collective strength to overcome challenges and create meaningful and lasting change that will help us achieve the overarching national mission of reimaging education,” he said.
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