The School of Computer Science goes to Africa

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:36:00 BST

In an exciting new development, the School of Computer Science is extending its support for computing in schools to sub-Saharan Africa. Through co-operation with an African charity (Ripple Africa), we will be bringing computing education to schools in a remote area of Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. We will be using the highly successful model of teaching teachers, and bringing exciting activities to schoolchildren. The project involves at least three Secondary schools, and we expect other local schools, especially Primary schools, to be involved. We also intend to visit Malawian universities to help foster links with schools. The outreach team involves our Computing At School staff, other university staff, Computer Science students, and UK schoolteachers. This is planned as a long-term collaboration, with a pilot running in this summer (2017).

This outreach to Malawi is run as a charitable activity, and we are seeking crowdfunding to enable it to get off the ground and to support the educational charity in Africa which is hosting us. If you would like to contribute, visit the our crowdfunding site. We would very much appreciate contributions as some aspects of this initiative are proving difficult to fund.

For more details please contact the Project Malawi co-ordinator, Karen Corless or David Rydeheard.