Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Computer Aid working for development of ICT

Computer Aid International, a nonprofit provider of professionally refurbished desktop personal computer, will hold a series of information sessions in Addis Ababa, as part of the bid to increase awareness about PC usage and improve IT capacity of Ethiopians through affordable PCs.
Computer Aid International will be bring model eLearning and ICT for Development (ICT4D) information training packages for lecturers in tertiary institutions in conjunction with Mekelle University and Worcester College of Technology, based in the UK. More than 50 university lecturers are to acquire better skills in e-learning course development, training and deployment. This is the fourth of its kind on the continent held by the London-based company Computer Aid International. Similar trainings have been conducted in Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria.
“We are proud to bring this training to Ethiopia and we believe it will enhance the capacity of lecturers to meet the workplace challenges as well as improving the content and delivery of lectures in universities,” said Computer Aid’s CEO Tom Davis.
The Model Training at Mekelle University will be followed by a series of Computer Aid Information Sessions in Addis Ababa. The charity organization said its program will be expanding its ICT4D information networking session in Ethiopia as part of the overall goal of closing the information gap in the critical educational sector among stakeholders. The entire program runs from June 20-29.
Since entering Ethiopia, Computer Aid has built a formidable network within Ethiopia’s academic community providing affordable PCs and laptops for institutions and their staff in what many experts have come to regard as a positive intervention.
“We are constantly looking for new opportunities to work with local organizations looking to apply affordable information and communications technology to education and social development. Any not-for-profit organizational and educational institution can apply for any number of computers,” added Davis.