Mpumalanga ICT Club, COP on spotlight.
We empower teachers, learners and communities with ICT skills including Coding
During the DigiGirlz certificate ceremony
Our recent DigiGirlz event on the 12th May 2018.
Mpumalanga ICT Club on SABC channel 404 Network News in 2016
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.
5. Motivational Sessionspeaker into IT /STEM Careers for Grade 9 girls DigiGirlz.
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.
Our first DVD showcasing our project during the DigiGirlz event. We will be giving schools to play it during their career days events.. It will assist the Life Orientation teachers to approach the career guidance lessons at ease.
Karabo Mashabela our IT administrator
Florence Sibiya our Technical Director
DigiGirlz and Scratch Day event on the 12 May 2018 at Nkangala TVET College Witbank Campus
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 them 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)
our published story on local newspaper Witbank News
our published story on local newspaper Witbank News
SchoolnetSA awards ceremony and receiving an award for Cop on spotlight
Nomzamo Makhotha -Nomzamo created a Scratch project that is presented as anew Icebreaker during coding workshops with Nomusa Keninda her mom and the founder of Mpumalanga ICT Club
A photo above is the group of Scratchers at Eastdene Combined School during the Africa Code Week 2017.
Team of facilitators during the Africa Code Week 2017 at Mthombeni Primary School
DigiGirlz and Scratch Day event, Nomusa Keninda, Bheki Mbatha and Khutso from Microsoft motivating girls into IT and STEM Careers
Coding Traib the Trainer Workshop in 2017 at Siyabuswa
YouthSpark Careers Motivation and coding on Hour of Code with Maloma Primary School
Presentation of Coding certificate to DigiGirlz
Mpumalanga ICT Club on SABC channel 404 Network News
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. School 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 their resources such computer labs with Internet connection. Hospitality students at the Nkangala TVET College gives their Chef skills by providing catering for the girls. We also work with churches on motivational session. Our local newspaper too publish our stories.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
School principals by coordinating workshops and events
College Principal by hosting our events
Municipality by putting our projects in their community participating strategy
Other organisations such as SchoolnetSA involves us in their projects.
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 we touched with this projects. Some unemployment youth got jobs through producing computer literacy skills. We get feedback from school that the behaviour and conduct of learners changes for the better.
Africa -South Africa in particular Mpumalanga Province
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)