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The “African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development (ALICT) /Leadership Africain en TIC et développment de Société du Savoir (LATIC)” programme has been implemented over two phases across 16 African countries covering Southern, Eastern, West and North Africa Regions. The African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society Development course recorded 497 graduates from Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as officials from the African Union Commission.
This piece features three of the alumni from Kenya, Mauritius and Senegal.
Esther Gacicio, Assistant Director – Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Ricaud AUCKBUR, Director (e-Education & Skills Development) – Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research
Roger Marcelin FAYE, Professeur – Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar
Esther Gacicio: My expectations for the course was to gain skills that would enable me to drive change through technology driven innovations in education.
Ricaud AUCKBUR: I enrolled in the course in 2012, when I then just joined the E Education department of the Ministry as Director, after having spent five years as Director of Tertiary Education. This course was hence very timely as I had the expectation of engaging in a capacity-building process at a leadership level in this sector under expansion at Ministry level.
Roger Marcelin FAYE: My expectations when I decided to take the LATIC course were to:
- have a new approach to leadership,
- acquire knowledge to develop my leadership,
- master prospective reflection with tools for building a vision,
- progress in the position of leadership
Esther Gacicio: Yes my expectation was met as I have been in the forefront in coming up with innovative programs that have a great impact in the education sector. I am currently working on the Kenya Education Cloud (KEC) flagship project for Kenya among others.
Ricaud AUCKBUR: The expectation was certainly attained as the programme proved to be a very concise and detailed one, covering comprehensively the various aspects of Leadership in ICT. We had, for the first time in this region of the world, a course which was not only on ICT as a subject, nor only on the usage of Technology in Education, but instead was a course on Leadership in ICT in Education. It proved very appropriate not only for myself at the Ministry of Education in Mauritius but also for several other local agencies, as it was a key preparation at a moment of need in improving the planning and execution of measures technology in Education.
Roger Marcelin FAYE: Overall, expectations were met after completing the LATIC course. The tools developed during the course were known, however, the implementation exercise was not always obvious, especially since in our daily teaching work, priority is not given to the administration of the education system. Unfortunately, when one becomes the head of an institution, it is only then that we are interested in these important questions.
Esther Gacicio: The blended approach of the course which employed both face to face and online sessions was the most important. We had an opportunity to interact with each other and share ideas guided by our facilitators. This enabled us to learn from each other’s experiences. The online phase enabled us to continue with the training as we collaborate again with each other. It was also an ongoing avenue to share experiences and involve each other in various activities. In a way, we formed a community of practice throughout the course. This to me stood out.
Ricaud AUCKBUR: From my perspective, the most important measures in this course have been the opportunity of networking in the development of fore-sighting tools in the sector of ICT in Education.
Roger Marcelin FAYE: The most important feature of the course is to initiate a community of practice. Because, if properly organized, such community of practice could induce positive changes. Nevertheless, I emphasize the two features, because it seems to me the base line:
- To give tools to future African leaders with an in-depth knowledge of the key elements for the development of a Knowledge Society.
- To build capacities of African leaders to be catalysts for change in their organizations and communities for the development of the Knowledge Society.
Esther Gacicio: Additional time. The course was so deep and intense, and everything was very important. New knowledge available was very critical and that had great impact. I would propose additional time for learning and also time allocated to practice what is learnt in every module. The practical experience is also very important.
Ricaud AUCKBUR: Technology leadership is seen as a new concept in leadership focus, in particular for the schools themselves. If I had to redesign the course, I would thus maintain the same general structure, but also include an aspect of preparation of senior leaders in how to inspire ICT leadership in schools. It will be by convincing the school leaders themselves that success will be achieved in implementing pedagogical change of integrating ICT at the very core of the teaching and learning process.
Roger Marcelin FAYE: My recommendation would be two points: the first one is to see the motivation of the candidates and secondly to extend the duration to 12 months.
Leadership Network for Sustainable Development: https://www.leadership4sd.org/
Esther Gacicio: I would like to see best practices highlighted. Activities that the leaders are engaged in that are changing lives. It would also be nice to participate in joint projects to enhance the network’s activities.
Ricaud AUCKBUR: It could be relevant for the LN4SD to consider coming up with an online self-e-learning portal that would provide further short online capacity-building in Leadership in ICT. Such a portal could consist of videos of case studies, pdf readers and external resource links and short self-assessed quiz.
Roger Marcelin FAYE: Highlight communities of practice with good examples to be disseminated.