Compiled by Nomusa Keninda- eLearning Specialist and Mpumalanga ICT Club Founder
They are saying “Flowa Powa, Merci Les Amis” when they come across our Coding pictures in the Africa Code Week sites. They retweet and like our Twitter and Facebook posts. It was a fantastic week of coding called Africa Code Week on the 18-25 October 2017 in Africa.
Africa Code Week is an initiative that gives opportunity to millions of kids, youth and even adults in Africa to learn Coding. Mpumalanga ICT Club volunteered to partner with Cape Town Science Centre to train teachers and learners to Code using Scratch language. Like we say “Coding is a new language, Every child deserves to be fluent” #AfricaCodeWeek #Scratch
“We hosted number of workshops in EMalahleni and Siyabuswa before the official start of the Africa Code Week and more than 200 teachers were trained.” Ms. Nomusa Keninda related the story.
“We were 100% ready to put the Club on the map of Africa, connecting every dot of coding organization along and learning the best in Africa” said Ms. Ntombizodwa Gininda enthusiastically. She is a Scratch and PowerPoint Facilitator in the Club. We adopted few learners in schools as Coding Coordinators to teach other kids to Code and to take care of their Computer Labs.
“Volunteering my skills to shape the future of this country is the best thing that happened to me. ‘We love what we are doing in Mpumalanga ICT Club” commented Ms. Florence Sibiya- Volunteer in the Club.
Comments about the Africa Code Week in and around the country:
Flowa Powa for Mpumalanga ICT Club, thanks for hosting Africa Code Week in our school, forward with technology at our school, keep on rolling, keep on don’t tire , what a beautiful day we had, tholukuthi siyaScratcher, we are Scratchers, thanks Nomusa Keninda for unleashing our children potential, Uyibatla kay’ koComputeng.
Osizweni together with the Department of Education hosted a motivation session for Grade 12 learners for Secondary Schools in eMbalenhle on Monday 28 August 2017 at the eMbalenhle Sasol Recreation Club. The purpose of this intervention was to motivate Grade 12 learners to invest time into their studies so that an improvement can be seen in their year-end results.
Mrs Dumisile Vilakazi, Deputy Chief Education Specialist from the Gert Sibande Region Department of Education shared a presentation which clearly outlined the overall results per school for the past 3 quarters in each subject. This exercise gave Grade 12 learners the opportunity to reflect back on their past performance and motivate them to study even harder as they are approach their final exams.
The event saw a various speakers who have travelled different journeys in life coming together to deliver speeches and motivate the Grade 12 learners. One of the speakers, Sharon Zamisa who is also an Osizweni staff member, spoke about the importance of delayed gratification, where she encouraged learners to work hard today so they may reap the rewards in the future.
Another speaker, Prince Ndela, a former Osizweni Project A learner and a fourth year student at the University of Witwatersrand, spoke about the sacrifices one needs to make to achieve your dreams. “When you decide to change your life and focus fully on your studies you must be prepared to loose friends along the way, let that not bother you as you would be taking a step in the right direction “said Mr. Ndlela.
A total of 6 learners each from the different secondary schools shared their schools strategy on how they are planning on achieving better results at the end of the year. These strategies included interventions such as afternoon classes, morning sessions as well as teachers especially in practical subjects such as Mathematics and Physical Science becoming more of assistants rather than teachers, meaning they will be giving out equations and monitoring if each student is doing it correctly as opposed to standing in front of the class and solving equations for their learners.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep on moving forward” said one of the learners from Thomas Nhlabathi Secondary School as he quoted Martin Luther King Jr.
“Overall it was a successful session, the response from the Grade 12 learners was impeccable. We hope that there will be a positive change in their year-end results.” said Fionah Manthata, Osizweni Marketing Assistant.