Teachers are critical to any education system but there are still many teacher education issues still facing education systems, particularly in the developing world. A number of countries have come up with various initiatives to address these problems but more is still needed. One of those innovations should be to do with integration of information and communications technologies (ICTs) into teaching and learning, but not all teacher educators are well prepared for successful integration; and it has also been reported that some teacher educators actually feel overwhelmed by the technologies. It is therefore vital that if new teachers entering the school systems are to be well-prepared to embrace and to fully utilize ICTs and those in the field are to receive effective continuous professional development, then teacher educators should be equipped for this. Teacher education should be part and parcel of the transformation process and should fully integrate ICTs and should be involved in continuous professional development activities.
To address this challenge, COL collaborated with the Technical Cooperation Directorate, (TCD) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore and the Singapore National Institute of Education (NIE) on a training programme to help prepare teacher educators from 11 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to integrate ICTs in the training of teachers.
In May 2016, 31 teacher educators participated in a five-day training workshop that covered a wide-range of topics, from the opportunities and challenges associated with ICT in education to frameworks for integration and best practice. A total of 31 teacher educators from the following countries participated in the workshop: Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.