Local EdTech wants Gov’t to place greater emphasis on digital learning
Local EdTech company, Camble & Co Innovations, has called for the Government to look to educational technology as a viable solution to the challenges affecting the educational system in Jamaica.
The company, which focuses on providing interactive e-learning apps and software, is confident that with greater investments in the future of education, the nation will see a marked improvement in the quality of education delivered to the nation’s youths.
“Globally, there is a shift from conventional teaching to the digital classroom. Developing nations like Jamaica continue to lag behind their more developed counterparts as it relates to educational offerings, and this is a problem that can be easily remedied with the Government putting its support behind Jamaica-based EdTech start-ups,” said Allando Campbell, Camble & Co CEO.
Educational technology is a billion-dollar industry with no signs of slowing down. Corporate giants, such as Apple, Microsoft, Google and IBM are major players within the EdTech space, with major investments being made to improve technologies, such as cloud computing, cognitive computing, and computer learning, to create a seamless digital learning process.
“For many persons, EdTech is still a novel concept and we understand that as with all forms of technology, there will be some apprehension towards wide-scale implementation,” Campbell said.
“Edtech consists of many different forms of technology implementation in the learning, process, and ranges from distance learning which has made access to college course a reality for many, to learning software and apps used as teaching resource for students,” Campbell added.
The company stated its interest to partner with the Government in a private-public partnership to provide educational content that will complement the curriculum.
“We would like to commend the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, and the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology for the implementation of their Tablet in Schools Programme, which is a step in the right direction for the future of education in Jamaica,” Campbell said.
“However, we believe more can be done, with the support of the private sector, but greater support has to be extended by the Government to enable this to happen. It is no secret that to start a company requires capital, and sadly, most Jamaicans still lack access to the capital, circulating in the economy,” Campbell added.
“A part of our mandate is to sensitise our nation’s educators on how they can use technology to engage with the ‘net generation’ cohort of students, which requires a totally new outlook than before,” Campbell said.
The company also called for educators to tap into their creativity to work alongside app developers and businesses to develop learning resources that will better the classroom.