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Three DigiGirlz Launched at Thembisile Hani Municipality, KwaMhlanga.
|Mr. OJ Molopo with DigiGirlz|
It can be a very daunting task to organize a digital learning event in a school with no devices and connectivity but it is possible. Phanagela Primary School is in the deep remote rural area of Mpumalanga in South Africa, at KwaMhlanga known as former KwaNdebele area. This area is best understood by those who know the history of South Africa during the Apartheid era where a group areas act was passed to place black people in homelands separating them according to culture and ethnicity. KwaNdebele for the Ndebele speaking natives.
Four DigiGirlz Coding Clubs were launched by Mpumalanga ICT CLUB and hosted by Phanagela Primary School, Moloto Primary School, Dumelani Primary School and Matimba Combined School.
Although Phanagela Primary School did not have devices for learners to practically learn Coding, learners were excited to learn about Positive Personal Branding and Careers in Computer Sciences. "The girls learnt about setting themselves apart from the rest, be resilient and the power of networking with people that positively contribute to their vision" said Mr. Oupa Molopo well known as OJ at the school. He is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert 2019. These girls showed an interest in this workshop and attended in numbers.
|Ms. Maile & Keninda|
Ms. Lelo Maile, the deputy principal of Moloto Primary School coordinated three groups of girls from her neighborhood and ensure that the girls are exposed to Computer Science Education. "The Computer lab was full to capacity and the girls enjoyed the Hour of Code Minecraft Adventurer, they couldn't stop until they all reach puzzle 14 to receive their certificates" said Ms. Maile with excitement.
We are looking forward to involve more schools in this area in future. Mpumalanga ICT CLUB is spreading its branches to reach out to all schools in Mpumalanga and thanks to those diligent teachers.