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Friday, 04 August 2017 10:47

NICE offers free ICT lessons to women

Written by  Joel Chirwa

Rumphi, August 4, 2017: National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust in Rumphi has started teaching women basic information communications technology (ICT) skills for free. 

Rumphi district civic education officer Mabvuto Mkandawire said in an interview that NICE is conducting weekly lessons for the women to be conversant with current realities.

“Today the world is quickly changing and advancing technologically. But the biggest challenge we have is that the majority of people, more especially the marginalized groups, due to their vulnerability have been lacking knowledge in ICT.

“Such people are also key actors in society. Therefore, the knowledge they will get through these lessons will enable them get information that concerns their welfare and rights from the internet as well as actively participate in matters of development,” he said. 

He also said such knowledge will enable them to know what is happening in their locality, district and country.

A total of 80 participants including those with disabilities and from disadvantaged families have registered for the lessons.

One of the participants Colleen Mkandawire said she has taken advantage of the free lessons to deepen her knowledge in ICT.

“Technology is advancing each passing day. So I felt if I do not take this opportunity I will miss out,” she said.

Another participant Violet Kawonga said she is taking part in the lessons because most academic information is accessed through computers.

“Nowadays school textbooks are limited and expensive. But with these lessons, I will in the near future be able to get such information through the internet,” she said.

The lessons are conducted every Saturday in the morning hours at Rumphi NICE Resource Centre.

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