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How Computers Helped Zambian Students to Win Awards in the Copperbelt Region

How Computers Helped Zambian Students to Win Awards in the Copperbelt Region

They both say their research greatly benefited from the use of computers and internet and even helped them to win awards. Students Sante Kayamba and Zoe Chisanga of the IICD-supported Fatima Girls Secondary school in Zambia now recommend ICT for education for all Zambian schools. “E-learning should be a right for students.”

“We recently had internet installed in our school when I started my project. This was one of the greatest supporting tools to my project,” says student Zoe Chisanga. For the Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists fair, she submitted the project Household cleaning agents, dyes and skin ointments using flowers in the business category . “I used to spend five hours every week in the library for research and sometimes would not find all the information I needed. Now I simply used google to find flowers with antibacterial properties and essential oils and matched them with the properties required.”

Chisanga’s approach to use the internet to help her in her research paid off. “I was first in my category at the Copperbelt fair and represented the Copperbelt Province in the National Fair in August 2010.”

No project without the use internet

Santé Kayamba also represented the Copperbelt Province in the same National Fair. She says she wouldn’t have submitted a project at all had it not been for the lab. “I visited the internet lab and the computers gave me a lot of information and I discovered new things. With this information I came up with a project.”

Kayamba presented a project called Tackling the reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with an aim of a cleaner environment and a global warming free atmosphere, in the senior chemistry category.

A network of schools

Fatima Girls Secondary School is part of the Zambian Education Support Network Project (ESNET). IICD, together with partner OneWorld Africa, supports poorly resourced schools throughout Zambia by coordinating a collaborative effort to improve the relevancy and quality of locally developed teaching materials. The teaching materials are then shared with other schools across Zambia.

Sante Kayamba would recommend using computers in courses and extracurricular activities to all students in Zambia. “E-learning [learning through computers] should not be an option, but a right for students. The use of computers and internet not only encouraged me, but also motivated me.”

(Re-posted from: http://www.iicd.org/articles/how-computers-helped-students-to-win-awards...

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Ndola, Zambia
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