In an era dominated by digital advancements, the need for technological literacy in education has become increasingly apparent. To address this need, Pamitouch, an NGO focused on digitization and prioritizing the needs of women and girls, in collaboration with the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG), Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Open Foundation West Africa, and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization, recently organized a technology training program for teacher trainees or student teachers. With the theme “Leveraging on Technology for Effective Teaching and Learning: Challenges and Prospects,” the training aimed to equip participants with essential digital skills and explore the impact of platforms such as Wikipedia and Microsoft Office on teachers and educators.
The program centered on empowering student teachers by providing them with proficiency in various digital tools and expanding their knowledge in the areas of technology-enabled education. Participants underwent comprehensive training sessions on Microsoft Office Suite tools, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other essential applications. Additionally, educators received specialized training on the use of Wikipedia and its sister projects, exploring their potential as educational resources and platforms for collaborative learning.
In today’s digital age, integrating technology into education is crucial. Student teachers must be equipped with the necessary technological skills to effectively engage with digitally-savvy students and deliver high-quality, interactive lessons. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite facilitates the creation of engaging presentations, interactive worksheets, and streamlined data management. Furthermore, training on Wikipedia and related projects equips student teachers with the ability to navigate and evaluate online information critically, empowering them to guide students in utilizing reliable resources and enhancing their digital research skills.
The success of the program is a testament to the dedication and efforts of the entire team at Pamitouch. Their commitment to digitization and prioritizing the needs of women and girls has resulted in a valuable training opportunity for student teachers. The collaboration with TTAG, the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Open Foundation West Africa, and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization further highlights the collective commitment towards advancing education through technology.
The technology training program organized by Pamitouch, in partnership with various organizations, stands as a transformative endeavor in fostering technological literacy among student teachers. By equipping them with essential digital skills and exploring the potential of platforms such as Wikipedia and Microsoft Office, the program enables student teachers to embrace technology as a tool for effective teaching and learning. As these student teachers embark on their educational careers, they are well-equipped to navigate the digital realm, inspire their students, and contribute to the development of a digitally inclusive society.