2 Feb 2014

Saying goodbye to computer illiteracy


Pearson Malisau, CYD Malawi Regional Coordinator handing over a laptop to a Zolozolo CDSS student
Pearson Malisau, CYD Malawi Regional Coordinator handing over a laptop to a Zolozolo CDSS student
Two schools in the Northern Region of Mzuzu became the beneficiaries of laptop computers from the Malaptop Project implemented by Centre for Youth and Development and Malaptop in Malawi.
The schools Chibavi and Zolozolo Community Day Secondary Schools received a total of 9 computers with Zolozolo getting 5 laptops. Each school is supposed to get 7 laptops with the remaining 5 laptops coming in the next shipment expected in Mzuzu next month. The schools were selected following an assessment based on the need, readiness of the school to roll out computer studies subject at the school and access to electricity power.
The two schools are part of the five schools that are supposed to receive a total of 45 laptop computers from the Malaptop Project in the second cohort. St Paul the Apostle school in Mangochi was the first school to receive the laptop computers.
The official handover of the laptop computers was graced by Deputy District Education Manager Mr. Ernest Luhanga and both schools were represented by their headmasters, Computer studies teachers and representatives of students. 
If there were more initiatives to support schools with computers, computer education in Secondary schools would be a possibility
Centre for Youth and Development Northern Region Coordinator Pearson Malisau, in his remarks asked the beneficiaries not to take the donation for granted and stressed that donors are usually ordinary people who go out of their way for the sake of development. “I request these schools to seriously look after the laptops; these laptop computers are there to empower our education sector.”
Pupils from both schools gathered for the hand over
Pupils from both schools gathered for the hand over
Welcoming the gesture, Deputy District Education Manager Mr Ernest Luhanga said the donation will strengthen the capacity of schools, considering that poverty is a major issue facing our schools and school children do not have access to modern technology. Mr Luhanga further commended Centre for Youth and Development and Malaptop for including schools from the region in their programmes. He noted that Government schools as compared to private schools are disadvantaged. ‘If there were more initiatives to support schools with computers, computer education in Secondary schools would be a possibility’.  He said. Mr Luhanga added that the computer technology will forever change the destiny of the pupils and entire community. “My wish is that these computers will help you to excel in your education and bring hope to you all and your families. I encourage you to use the computers very well,”
The laptops is not a mere donation rather its part of the larger programme that Centre for Youth and Development and Malaptop is implementing to promote computer education in Malawi
Apart from the laptop computer donation to the schools, the Malaptop Project will also train teachers in instructional computer education. Pearson Malisau, Regional Coordinator for Centre for Youth and Development said ‘The laptops is not a mere donation rather its part of the larger programme that Centre for Youth and Development and Malaptop is implementing to promote computer education in Malawi’.
The headmistress for Zolozolo CDSS Rhoda Nguluwe thanked the Malaptop Project for the laptop computers saying “When I was growing up and finished my school, I never had access to computers but here we are, in the midst of nowhere, witnessing the handover of computers,” The computers will enable the two schools to roll out computer studies subject in the schools. Apart from teaching students, the laptops will also help the school to cut typing costs as they will be able to type school documents on their own and incur printing costs only.
When I was growing up and finished my school, I never had access to computers but here we are, in the midst of nowhere, witnessing the handover of computers
Students were all smiles in appreciation for the laptops, a clear indication that the laptops will make a positive difference in their lives. Vera Chirwa form 4 at Zolozolo said, ‘I never thought that one day I would have a chance to learn and use a computer especially in our school which is just a Community Day Secondary School.  All I know is that computers are for those who are learning in private schools or those in tertiary education. With this donation, am sure I am saying goodbye to computer illiteracy’
The event was spiced up by activities by students of Zolozolo CDSS, performing choir and a drama all in appreciation of the laptop computers.
Article first posted at http://malaptop.org/saying-goodbye-to-computer-illiteracy/