Most schools in Malawi struggle to provide enough basic resources such as textbooks, desks, and even teachers. The vast majority of schools in Malawi do not possess technological resources, and are yet to introduce basic computer literacy into their curriculum. Even fewer households have computers, and so the level of usage in the general population remains extremely low.
According to latest estimates from The World Bank and the International Telecommunication Union, there are just 5.8 internet users per 100 people in the population, leaving access in Malawi amongst the lowest in the world. The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II outlines the goal “to enhance the contribution of research, science and technology to national productivity and competitiveness”, so we at Determined to Develop are very excited about the new ICT Centre here at Maji Zuwa- and pleased to report progress upon this groundbreaking project.
Thanks to generous support from our donors, Determined to Develop has been able to construct a brand new building which will soon provide many students with their first access to modern computing. The centre is now in its final stages of completion- with the walls already plastered and all the wiring completed, we are just in the process of sourcing the last critical component- computers for the room!
Once furnished the space will become an exciting new resource for the students here to utilize. It will be a tremendous help for them in their studies and greatly improve their capability to research, as well as improving their ICT skills. Such knowledge hugely improves employability and enhances the opportunities that are available in a modernizing economy. All leading development authorities are committed to improving access to these skills.
As the World Health Organization’s African Health Observatory notes: “There is a need to modernize the Malawian educational system through the widespread deployment and exploitation of ICT to facilitate the delivery of educational services at all levels of the educational system and to transform Malawi into an ICT-literate society.”
The need for these skills is also recognized in the forthcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals- with Target 9.5c stating the aim to “Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020”.
Once finished the centre will not only be enjoyed by all of the boys living with us at Maji Zuwa, but also all of the other sponsored students who can always be seen on campus studying, socializing and assisting with chores. The development will to our knowledge be the first of its kind in the immediate local area. Hopefully it is just a small glimpse of things to come for Northern Malawi.
Determined to Develop is seeking hardware and software to complete this project. If you would like to help us with a donation, please click on the button at the bottom of this post.
Tawonga chomene (We thank you)