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Mpumalanga ICT Club unleashing the Digital skills in the community

We empower teachers, learners and communities with ICT skills including Coding

Photo of Nomusa Keninda
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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

We assist schools to revive their computer labs. We first clean and trouble shoot old broken computers bringing them into live. After establishing the labs, we train teachers and learners into computer literacy skills and coding. We also motivate learners to take up maths, Science and Technology subjects. We have initiatives for everyour target audience. 1. She can connects: targeted parents of grade 1 - 5 learners into business computer skills. 2. Google Education Group - target teachers into Internet skills using Google for Education apps called G-Suit. 3. Microsoft community network sessions -targeting teachers into Microsoft Online tools Skills 4. Coding on Scratch and Hour of Code - target learners in schools, colleges and teachers in to coding and Robotics. With this projects we introduce digital literacy in our communities and help them to solve day to day challenges especially education performance and focus to our learners in to STEM Careers.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are grade 4 -12 learners in schools by learning coding and getting inspired to choose STEM careers.Technical and Vocational training college IT students by encouraging them to be innovative and create their own projects. Teachers and parents of grade 1-5 learners who are unemployed. The assist learners to achieve in their schools work and bridge the Digital divide.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

We have included motivational session where we invite professionals and experts to talk to our learners about their different roles in the work place experience. We are also changing classrooms into ICT integration environment. We don't leave parents, we draw them closer to their kids journey and help the start projects that will sustain their lives.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Majority Adoption: I have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I visit schools to monitor the use of ICT in Education everyday. I come across dusty and unused computer labs. Some as brand new computers lying and gathering dust then I clean them and fix them. I train teachers into computer literacy and coding together with the learners.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Crime creates unrest in our communities and illiteracy breeds political tension so with our idea we are contributing to government initiative to bring down the level of failure in our communities to avoid these crisis. Shool principals by allowing us to use the computer labs. Other organisations such as SchoolnetSA by involving us in their projects. We appreciate the college principal by allowing us to use thereof resources such computer lab with Internet connection. We also work with churches on motivationall session. Our local newspaper too. they publish our stories.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

School principalso by coordinating workshops and events College Principal by hosting our events Municipality by putting our projects in their community participating strategy

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

In the 2016/2017 Academic year results has improved in the schools in touched with this projects. Some unemployment youth got jobs through producing computer literacy.

Geographic Focus

Africa -South Africa in particular

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 to 36 months and ongoing.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Christina Schwanke

Hello Nomusa!
The Rural Synergy Foundation is looking to provide an education in coding as part of our apprenticeship program. What kind of success are you seeing with your participants? Is it a skill that anyone can be competent? Do you just do an introduction? If so where do you participants continue their coding education? You can see our pilot:
I would love to know your thoughts!

Photo of Nomusa Keninda

Hi Christina
Thank you for your comments, we are doing the introduction to coding using Minecraft Hour of Code from curriculum and Scratch. We don't do a full course on CS education. When learners are motivated to take up careers in IT they also need to do hands on experience and that's we do in the Mpumalanga ICT Club.

Photo of Christina Schwanke

This is very helpful. I have looked at briefly but didn't realize we could introduce it to a wide audience in an hour. Our program has a pre-apprenticeship component the Hour of Code would be perfect to utilize! Thank you for sharing this information!

Photo of Nomusa Keninda

Thank you, you can also access my classroom on
Good luck my friend

Photo of Christina Schwanke

Thank you! You too!