Togo launches Digital School Togo project

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

The West African nation of Togo has launched the pilot phase of ‘Digital School Togo’ (‘Ecole Numérique Togo’- ENT), a project that is aimed at introducing digital technology in teaching and underpinning the critical importance of ICTs in the education system.

The event took place at the LETP, a state-funded high school located in Aného-Glidji, some 40 km south-east of the capital Lomé.

Post and digital economy minister Cina Lawson Lawson, who also distributed PCs to the school, said the use of digital learning methods in schools was one of her ministry’s priorities.

Education in Togo, a tiny impoverished country of six million people, has for years suffered from underfunding, lack of school resources (including classrooms, learning material, libraries, tap water, electricity and IT equipment), lack of qualified teachers and underpaid teaching staff, among others.

But the government seems to have woken up lately, teaming up with the World Bank to disburse 15 billion FCFA (about US$3 million) to modernise the education system.

US-educated Lawson, who believes that learning should be more playful to attract pupils, said ENT would be implemented in all secondary schools to ensure that IT becomes a leading methodology of Togo’s education system in Togo.

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