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Mzuzu University ICT Department Launches a Computer Science  for High School (CS4HS) Programme

   
       
         
   

The department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has embarked on a year long project to train Computer Studies educators in Computational Thinking and and the use of Free and Open Source Resources in secondary schools. The project aims to promote the use of CS concepts in problem solving, and encourage the use and sharing of Open Educational Resources (OERs).

With support from Google’s Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) programme and Tides Foundation, the project will run a series of training workshops for CS teachers, and organise programming festivals for secondary school students. A total of 25 secondary schools in the Northern Education Division (NED) are  participating in the project.

   
 
   

Ngalande- thanked Google Education and Tides Foundation for supporting the programme.

    The initiative is part of the university’s effort to promote use of ICT among secondary school teachers and students. - Dr Loveness Kaunda
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
   
   

The first workshop was held from 13th to 15th July, 2016, where 25 CS educators were introduced to concepts of Computational Thinking and Python programming. The project was officially launched on 15th July, 2016 by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Loveness Kaunda. In her remarks, she said that the initiative is part of the university’s effort to promote use of ICT among secondary school teachers and students. “Computers are fundamental for everyone and by embracing computational thinking at secondary school level,  we are guaranteed that our students shall learn the actual aspects of a computer while they are young.”

In his remarks, Head of ICT department Mr. Emmanuel Ngalande, thanked Google Education and Tides Foundation for supporting the programme.

Susan Moyo, a teacher at Zolozolo Community Day secondary school in Mzuzu and a participant in the first workshop, said the initiative has come at the right time as the world of technology keeps changing. “As such we need to continuously update and improve our computer skills to keep up with the changing technologies”. She said.

   
 
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