The Computer Society of Zimbabwe
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. The new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further in addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. In all these endeavours education and learning remains key to achieving the SDGs. Computer Society of Zimbabwe runs Summer Schools on an annual basis as they try to share with their members, and practitioners that aspire to be members, current and future technologies that would impact societies, economies and skills of practitioners. The Summer Schools also interrogate ICT policies in place with the view of ensuring harmonising it with technology direction to avoid conflict and propel development.
According to the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to address all forms of exclusion and marginalization, disparities and inequalities in access, participation, and learning outcomes. However, in many cases, language and education policies fail to take into account the inherent linguistic diversity in schools and society and prevent ethnolinguistic minority learners from accessing quality education.
The UNDP, which has been in Africa for over four decades states that “…….the concerted efforts of national governments; the international community, civil society and the private sector have helped expand hope and opportunity for people everywhere. Yet the job is unfinished for millions of people, particularly in Africa. There is need to go the last mile on ending hunger, improving health services and giving people easy access to knowledge, improving and easing access to financial services and achieving digital equity. In addition, these efforts require robust regulatory and legal frameworks to make them hold, hence the need to shift our region onto a sustainable path.”
Computer Society of Zimbabwe Summer School 2017 (SS17) plans to focus on specific areas perceived as critical in the future of Zimbabwe and the region where ICT can help drive development, innovation and growth. In line with the 2030 agenda to achieve the SDGs hence the theme “ICTs are critical tools for promoting human development and reducing inequalities”. The SS17 call for papers to be presented in area of Education and Learning to enable robust education support systems, transform standards, assessment, administration, learning environment, curriculum, technology appropriateness and access to education through sustainable infrastructure, affordability, diversity and technology uses in education.
Submit your abstract for consideration for Summer School 2017