Kansanshi takes ICT skills training to schools

KANSANSHI Mining Plc will provide computer literacy courses to school pupils in Solwezi and surrounding areas in response to Government’s introduction of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) lessons in schools across the country.

Kansanshi Foundation, which drives the mining company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, introduced ICT lessons for school managers in Solwezi but because of the need to roll out computer literacy to pupils, the project has now been extended to pupils. Kansanshi Foundation head of education, Onward Mandebvu, said in an interview in Solwezi that the mining company has responded to Government’s introduction of ICTs in schools by providing computer lessons to school managers and pupils in North-Western Province.

He said originally the project was meant to train school managers who were expected to impart computer knowledge to pupils, but because of the challenges the schools were facing, the mining company decided to extend the programme to the pupils.

“The original purpose of the computer laboratory developed by Kansanshi Mining Plc through Kansanshi Foundation was to provide computer literacy courses to school managers who would have been expected to teach their pupils. However, we realised that the challenges of doing so were enormous hence the extension of the programme to pupils,” Dr Mandebvu said.

He said the mining company considered Government’s decision to introduce ICTs in Government schools as an important exercise and as a responsible corporate organization, Kansanshi decided to embrace the concept by rolling out computer lessons to school managers and pupils.

He said so far more than 300 pupils have benefitted through computer training which was being conducted by trainers from the mining company.

Apart from school managers, Kansanshi was providing computer literacy lessons to Grade 8 eight and 9 pupils in collaboration with the mine’s CSR department.

Dr Mandebvu said the CSR department was contributing to the success of the programme by providing resource persons and transport for pupils from their respective areas to attend the courses at Kansanshi Foundation.

–          Story courtesy of SUMA SYSTEMS.

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