Access to quality and relevant education is one of the main development challenges in Malawi. Malawi is furthest ‘off track’ in delivering relevant education with over 80% of secondary school graduates not being able to operate a computer. Hence the rationale for implementing a Malaptop Project in Malawi aimed at enhancing computer education in Malawian Secondary Schools. No wonder the excitement amongst students during a computer handover ceremony organized Euphoric may be an understatement in describing the reactions of students, teachers and education officials during the computer handover ceremony held at Mponela Community Day Secondary School in Dowa District. It was all smiles, ululation, and excitement amongst those that patronized the event. This time around, students from 4 schools, Mponela, Tchawale, Natola and Mkwichi benefited from the Malaptop Project. The students were very happy as they were launched into the age of technology on receiving 36 computers from the Malaptop Project. The function was presided over by Guest of Honour Mr. Wilson Mkandawire the Education Division Manager for Central East Education Division and other key officials from the Ministry of Education. The function was also attended by media practitioners from various media houses in Malawi.
The computers will enable schools to effectively deliver computer studies
The function started in the morning at around 10:00 am with an orientation of teachers on how they can navigate through Lubuntu, how to use the guide and reporting mechanisms. The orientation also looked at the dos and don’ts. The orientation was followed by the arrival of the Guest of Honour Mr. Wilson Mkandawire who with other education officials and the media received a brief introduction to the Malaptop computers. The handover ceremony was spiced up by performances including dances, poems and drama which all appreciated the Malaptop Project. The handover ceremony started with a speech by the Headmaster of Mponela Community Day Secondary School. In his remarks the headmaster appreciated the donation saying, “The computers will enable schools to effectively deliver computer studies”. The speech was followed up by a symbolic presentation of computers to each school. Students with their teachers were invited to the front and received laptops from Mr. Mkandawire the Education Division Manager. In his remarks the Executive Director of Centre for Youth and Development James Gondwe said “The handover of laptops is part of Malaptop Project’s overall strategy to bring sustainable and innovative solutions on Computer Education in Malawi. The success of this is there for a responsibility of the students, the teachers and all stakeholders”. The Guest of Honour Mr Mkandawire in his remarks said he was pleased that children were being introduced to a world of computers. “This exposure will help in increasing the rate at which our children progress in education”. He also lauded the partnership that they entered into with Malaptop Project, saying it was a unique one. “We are very happy that Malaptop is bearing fruits”
This exposure will help in increasing the rate at which our children progress in education
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