Education and Skills in International Development:
By teaching ICT at two schools in Zambia, VMM volunteer, Melissa Scott, learned an important lesson about international development – that people education and skills to make proper use of their resources. Read her story below:
When I heard that the Zambian school where I was going to be working had an ICT lab, I was very excited. In my teaching job in the UK, I was head of computing and very passionate about educating children in technology.
Teaching the Teacher:
Computers are still a novelty in Chilanga, the small town outside the capital city Lusaka where I work. I was incredibly impressed by the carefully set out ICT lab with 12 computers. I spent the first few weeks checking textbooks and reading online about the curriculum. The first challenge hit me immediately: 85 children and 12 computers. Then I told them to turn on the computers – and was met by blank faces.
In the following days I got another reality check. Yes, this school had computers; yes, the curriculum said Technology Studies should be taught; but the reality was that the teachers did not know how to use a computer.
Fast-forward eight months and the teachers are now planning and teaching weekly Technology Studies lessons, some confidently, We have come a long way! We basically worked through the entire curriculum.
Sharing Who We Are, Not Just What We Have:
By Melissa Scott, VMM Volunteer