Minister of Education, Agnes NyaLonje, has urged new ICT graduates from National College of Information Technology (NACIT) to use their knowledge and skills to help the country to achieve the Malawi 2063 Agenda.
She made the call on Thursday in Lilongwe when she presided over the 17 cohort graduation ceremony of 270 students who graduated with diplomas and degrees from NACIT.
She said the country’s vision, Malawi 2063, places ICT as a key component on industrialisation and enabler of human capital.
“Malawi 2063, our pathways to achieving middle-income development status, stresses the importance of ICT as a critical component of our economic infrastructure,” she said.
NyaLonje added that the Tonse Alliance Government has reinforced the ICT role in development by placing President Lazarus Chakwera as the ICT Ambassador during the recent International ICT EXPO.
She further said government manifested its commitment towards improvement of ICT when the country’s Vice-President, Saulos Chilima, stressed during the SADC Summit the need to digitalise the economic growth of the region.
She said the Ministry of Education has established a directory responsible for to the digitalisation of education in the country.
“We have set up this section to help more people to access education without physically being in class. In this way, we can partly solve the school infrastructure challenges in our communities,” she explained.
To the graduates, the minister congratulated them for achieving the academic goal at a time when the country is facing Covid-19 challenges.
She, however, asked them to adjust their expertise so that they become relevant to the need of the ICT industry.
“For those of you thinking of doing business, think clearly and deeply about how you can best add value and find a niche for your skills.
Director of Information, Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, concurred with the minister, saying ICT is an important tool towards achieving Malawi 2063.
He, however, said the college is facing both human and financial resource challenges that require government through the Information Ministry to solve.
“We need a conducive learning environment, latest learning equipment and affordable internet for the institution to continue delivering,” he said.
Principal for NACIT, Florence Matewere, said the college produces quality graduates that are graduates that recognised in Malawi and internationally.
“We are confident that we are giving to the world well trained and skilled resource that is capable of adjusting to the changing world.
She said the college, which has produced over 10,000 graduates since its establishment in 1984, has plans to open a centre in Mzuzu and start Masters Programs in ICT.
Matewere said Malawi needs to embrace ICT if it wants to create new opportunities for the future, adding that the country also needs to move together with technology which she said is evolving at a fast pace.
She further asked government and the corporate world to employ the NACIT graduates, saying doing so would motivate others to pursue a career in ICT.
The principal thanked parents and guardians for dedication, patriotism and encouragement which she said has helped the graduates to succeed in their course.