The outreach initiative forms part of a series of visits that have enabled the students to give the learners insight into careers in programme development.
“With this knowledge, these young people will have the ability to become self-employed and run successful businesses. They will also have an added advantage when they reach university, as they can make informed decisions, should they wish to follow career paths in this field,” remarked Josephina Muntuumo, Computer Science Lecturer: FCI.
Additionally, with the aim to introduce the learners to web development, the training focused on Python, a general-purpose programming language, which helps programmers write clear and logical codes for small and large-scale projects. Additionally, the training covered the fundamentals of computing including the history, artificial intelligence, programming principles and graphic design. “Python is something I had always wanted to learn. I thought it would be difficult, but the NUST team made it so easy to understand. I am looking forward to working with the team again,” remarked Norah Mamane, a teacher at Rocky Crest High School.
The FCI has also collaborated with the school on a long-term coding project, as well as an initiative to raise awareness on online child abuse.
“This is one of the ways FCI is building ICT capacity in Namibia. We are responding to the needs of our communities by offering career guidance in this field and offering training in mobile application development,” said Prof Anicia Peters, Dean: FCI.
Earlier this year, the Muhoko members also visited Concordia College and A.Shipena Secondary School. Later this year, FCI will host a Programming Competition for various universities and schools.