The ECOWAS Parliament has expressed its willingness to help Member States implement e-learning in different countries, using information and communication technologies (ICT).
The Speaker of Parliament, Sidie Tunis, revealed this on Saturday when delivering his closing speech at the relocated meeting of a joint committee of Parliament.
The meeting was held by the Joint Committee on Education, Science and Technology / Telecommunications and Information Technology / Political Affairs, Peace, Security and Infrastructure of Parliament to offer solutions for the digitization of education in West Africa.
He reminded members that the challenge of effectively switching to e-learning and obtaining the right laws and infrastructure would be daunting.
He said the experts’ presentations to the committee have shed a lot of light on the process, leaving the rest of the work to parliament.
Tunisia tasked members to ensure strong synergy with the executive in their countries for successful implementation.
“We are likely to face many challenges in implementing the commitments we made at this meeting.
“However, Parliament is committed to working with Member States in the areas of information and communication technology, science and innovation to digitally connect our societies.
“The ECOWAS Parliament stands ready to follow up on the recommendations emanating from these discussions, and we express our unwavering commitment to working with all stakeholders to make these resolutions a reality,” he said.
The president praised the Togolese National Parliament and the Togolese government for hosting members of Parliament.
Tunisia reaffirmed its commitment to building a stronger ECOWAS Parliament through the support and cooperation of all members and states.
“I wish to reiterate my commitment to building a stronger ECOWAS Parliament than the one I knew. I hope to accomplish this feat with the cooperation of all members and other interested parties.
“I cannot stress the opportunity we have had to listen and learn from the experts. Now we are challenged to reflect on the possibility of ensuring a truly digital learning environment with unimpeded access to the Internet.
“The meeting has also provided a window for Parliament to identify a relevant intervention mechanism to make an efficient contribution to the implementation of the ECOWAS Protocol on education and training.
“I am optimistic that the insights provided by our specialists will lay the foundation for the actions that are expected to bring the changes we envision for our member states,” he added.