The Role of ICTs during COVID-19

Sitwat Maroof     19th May 2020    

With the world in lockdown, Information Communication Technologies have delivered!

We, humanity at large, are faced with the crisis of unparalleled nature due to the novel COVID-19. With social distancing a new norm, the ICTs have grown into their roles to bring people together to carry on as best as we can.

In the times of global health emergency, the ICTs have saved the day by transforming the traditional classrooms into the futuristic pursuit of knowledge rooted in accessibility and precautions.

Today, kids are taking classes via technologies, wherein, learners are empowered through a flexible knowledge environment.  

Given that the visual technology assists kids to engage their cognition with intellectual enthusiasm to cultivate new knowledge, ICTs should become a permanent fixture of teaching and learning processes. When learners use technology to enhance their experiences, they tend to gain in the area of critical thinking development. Indeed, the forward-looking-futuristic combination of technology and teaching techniques has great appeal to encourage education in the emerging economies.

Even during current stressful events, the use of ICTs has turned life into meaningful and interactive acts of engagement, innovation, and virtual community building as a reprieve from ongoing anxiety. Besides, this latest technology-driven framework has liberated workers, learners, teachers, medics, etc., to take charge of their goals in a more responsible manner.  

ICTs enables people to engage with their commitments independently which in turn breeds responsible behavior patterns. The self-governing use of technologies due to increased motivation provides people with the ability to map their path, progress, and achievement in a self-directed manner – that should make a good case for work-from-home options in the post-COVID-19 world.  

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) advances the idea of knowledge acquisition and economic independence. In particular, women and girls in the global South are exhibiting signs of inherent motivation that can be channelized with the help of ICTs as an exoteric tool to increase digital literacy and financial advancement to deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19.  In the psychological context, motivation is procedural in nature; that is, the development of stimulation that directs cognitive and motor functions to accomplish goals. So, the ICTs can very well be deployed to secure the socio-economic future of people worldwide when we come out on the other side of this devastating global crunch.

This current pandemic is showing that an enabling ICT environment empowers people to stay engaged, motivated, and connected during an unprecedented crisis. In this age of technology-focused services – healthcare, education, etc., the traditional roles are evolving into modern strategic roles in front of our eyes. Moreover, this developing ground reality is fueling creativity and innovation in the face of massive adjustment people, communities, and countries are going through.

To conclude, the consolidation of strategic cooperation should be adopted in place of pre-defined boundaries to deal with any future catastrophic situation on a global scale. To achieve that, access to and skill to use collaborative technologies – ICTs – as the game-changing and universal solution must be made available to everyone across the world.

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Sitwat Maroof

Sitwat is a technical writer of significant expertise and experience. She has written on the subjects of futuristic technologies, web/software development, cloud computing, cyber-security, data science, amongst others. She assists clients to reach their targeted audiences successfully.

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