Social Responsibility

Project Malawi: The School of Computer Science visits Africa

Speaker: Dr David Rydeheard (University of Manchester)

Host: Dr David Rydeheard

27 September 2017 at 14:00 in Kilburn (room L.T 1.4)

This is a report from the Computer Science team, of staff and students, together with a Master Teacher, that visited Malawi this summer to introduce computing to a group of schools in northern Malawi. It was a difficult undertaking - all computing equipment for classrooms had to be taken out by the team, schoolchildren there had no experience of computers or even keyboards, electric power was not reliable and absent from some schools, some children had little English. Nonetheless the project was a great success with schools, schoolteachers and schoolchildren all enthusiastic and fully engaged with the education provided. We have been asked by all, including the hosting charity Ripple Africa, to do more and better in future years.

In this seminar, we shall show some footage of our activities, members of the team will have the opportunity of talking of their experiences and we shall attempt to evaluate this sort of intervention in a very unequal world, with an opportunity to discuss the general issues involved.

The report on the project can be found here.

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