Many of you may have read about the ambitious project to support the teaching of Computer Science in Malawi. This pilot project aimed to deliver Computer Science education to schools in central Africa, through a team of University of Manchester staff and students, and UK schoolteachers. The project was hosted by the charity Ripple Africa.
You can read all about the adventures of Project Malawi here.
Schools, schoolteachers and schoolchildren across a wide range of ages were enthusiastic about the programme and, despite limited or no exposure to computing equipment, schoolchildren quickly engaged with the activities, including developing ‘computational thinking’ and programming in Scratch and Python.
Plans are underway to continue this engagement with education in Malawi. The pilot makes it clear that it is both feasible and worthwhile, and also directions in which it should be developed.