The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) on Friday November 11th 2011 officially launched the establishment of ICT clubs in High schools across the country. The establishment of these clubs in schools symbolizes the Authority’s commitment to promoting access to ICTs for every Zambian regardless of age or ability.
Speaking at the launch of ICT clubs in high schools, ZICTA Director General Mrs Margret Chalwe – Mudenda, emphasized ZICTA’s obligation to ensuring that every Zambian has access to ICTs and has information on these technologies that will help them make informed decisions.
The Authority intends to use the clubs among other platforms to sensitize youth about the benefits and adverse effects of using ICTs. Pupils in these schools will also be equipped with various basic computer skills including access to the Internet in preparation for entry into the labor market.
In its pilot project, ZICTA intends to set up clubs in Lusaka-based schools, those in Southern Province and on the Copperbelt. Lusaka schools include; Munali High School, Kabulonga Girls, Mary Queen of Peace and David Kaunda Technical school. Chifubu Secondary, Kansenshi, and Ndola Girls are schools earmarked for the Copperbelt Province while Hillcrest Technical, St. Mary’s and Linda Secondary Schools have been identified for Southern Province.
With pupil participation, these clubs are expected to promote capacity building in ICT skills and provide information to the youths on the benefits and dangers of ICTs as well as educate them on their rights and interests as consumers of ICTs. These clubs will also encourage communication among the youths through social networks for educational purposes.
Cognizant of the unprecedented levels of ICT products and services, access to vital information through the use of these technologies is becoming increasingly obtainable and readily available. Cost barrier implications are slowly diminishing making these technologies affordable and accessible by to everyone.
Mrs Mudenda also cautioned the pupils to initiate programmes that would grow and sustain these clubs. “The sustainability of these clubs is not only dependant on ZICTA but on you as well as your commitment and passion for not only your ambitions but for that cause of seeing a better Zambia”, she said
Ngabo Nankonde (Ms)
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER