4.1.1 Role of the ICT minister
The minister responsible for ICTs can play a key role in enabling an environment conducive to the introduction and success of m-learning initiatives. Specific approaches will, of course, need to be tailored to a country’s particular circumstances. Among the tools available to the ICT minister are:
- Adopting and adapting related legislation: The ICT minister can, working within the legislative process, ensure that there is an enabling environment for the use of ICTs to deliver m-learning services to students and others. Such legislative efforts could address several factors, including decisions regarding service licences and conditions, universal access/universal service plans, and protection of children from online threats.
- Coordination: The ICT minister can and should coordinate with other government entities – notably the education ministry – to ensure a coordinated approach to supporting m-learning initiatives.
- Outreach: The ICT minister is likely responsible for national efforts to monitor and promote safe and productive use of mobile and online services. This can include spearheading campaigns intended to promote awareness of m-learning services and initiatives, as well as ensuring that such outreach is aimed at appropriate audiences.
- Online/mobile protection: The ICT minister is generally well-positioned to drive and encourage local industry initiatives to protect young people using mobile and online services from fraud, predators, and other threats.