ZIMTA Statement on International Women’s Day 2023
“DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”
08 MARCH 2023
As we celebrate women on this women’s day of 08 March 2023, we take cognisance of the fact that women educators and learners have been disadvantaged and are therefore lagging behind in accessing technologies due to gender inequality which generally results in the lack of or denied access to technology.
As modern day women in education, it has become our key role to initiate and familiarize ourselves with innovation and the fast growing technological advances happening globally. However this is not always easy as too many red blocks stand in the way and sometimes it has been a well-orchestrated systematic exclusion which has seen men advance faster than women in the digital world.
This year, 2023, we believe that women educators must roll up their sleeves and ensure that they catch up with digitalisation and innovation in all Zimbabwean schools. Because we have embraced transformative education, it is undesirable for women teachers to lag behind in digital technologies and expect good results for themselves and the learners. Women educators need all the support that they can get from the government to ensure that digital transformation takes place in schools and learning centres. We demand to have reliable tools to equip ourselves and catch up with digital technologies at school level.
In addition to offering subsidised training sessions for women educators to appreciate innovation and technology, it would be a good incentive if the government was to supply every woman educator with a modern computer and smart phone for accessing digital platforms. This would ensure that we innovate and upskill the women teachers tasked with a daunting responsibility of nurturing socially upright citizens already growing in a digitally controlled environment. More creative solutions, critical thinking and advanced problem solving techniques can be transferred from women educators to girls and communities at a faster pace if educators are equipped with increased access to digital platforms.
Women in ZIMTA call for an accelerated approach to the rolling out of transformative technology and digital education which must be supported by the government of Zimbabwe, and to see transformative education driven by innovation and technology for gender equality because teachers are key ingredients in driving quality education for every citizen.
HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY TEACHERS IN ZIMTA