The Center for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS) organized the maiden edition of the National Digital and Distance Learning Conference (NDDLC) 2022 at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana, from 6th to 8th June 2022.
The conference, dubbed Reimagining Ghana’s Education by Harnessing the Power of Digital and Distance Learning, brought together key stakeholders in the various sectors of education and IT in Ghana and beyond, to discuss salient issues regarding how digital learning can be harnessed to reinforce and make Ghana’s educational system future-proof.
In attendance was the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum; the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour; UNICEF Representative to Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay; the Executive Director of CENDLOS, Nana Gyamfi Adwabour, Principal of the Ghana International School, Dr. Mary Ashun; UNESCO Representative to Ghana, Mr. Diallo Abdourahamane, among several others who contributed their voices to examining the progress made in digital and distance education in Ghana since the Covid-19 pandemic. They also deliberated upon effective ways to build strategies that will ensure resilience in the education sector, especially through digital education.
The NDDLC 2022 provided the platform for topics surrounding education, technology and innovation to be tackled to the core. The various panel discussions that were held as well as presentations of invited speakers did justice to these areas.
The Minister of Education encouraged teachers and students across the nation to take advantage of digital learning to improve learning outcomes.
This conference was no doubt a call to action urging all and sundry to deliberate on sustainable policies that can enable the collective re-imagination of the future of Ghana’s education as far as technology is concerned. It also successfully placed the spotlight on the importance of technology to education and why we need to leverage it all the more in the next couple of years.
The conference, attended by over 2500 virtual and physical participants was a success by kind courtesy of UNICEF, UNESCO, Plan International, and World Bank, among other partners.