Malawi National library launches Phase 5 of mass ICT Literacy project: US embassy helps

Malawi National Library Service in conjunction with the American Embassy in Malawi, Tuesday launched phase 5 of the mass Information Communication and Technology (ICT) project which among others aims at empowering the populace with the knowledge and skill to utilise ICT products.

Edward J. Monster, Public Affairs Officer, in the Embassy of USA gives his welcome remarks at the openin of the Mass ICT Literacy Campaign in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Edward J. Monster, Public Affairs Officer, in the Embassy of USA gives his welcome remarks at the openin of the Mass ICT Literacy Campaign in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Trainees at the Mass ICT Literacy Campaign by the National Library Service and United States Information Service at US Embassy in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Trainees at the Mass ICT Literacy Campaign by the National Library Service and United States Information Service at US Embassy in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Speaking during the function, National Librarian, Grey Nyali said Information, Communication and Technology is becoming one of driving engines for the nation’s economic development.

He said a lot of developmental programmes and projects are these days fulfilled with the help of ICT.

“It is a known fact that Information Communication Technology is growing so fast and all those countries believed to be doing well today invested a lot and further made good use of their ICT services to be where they are,” Nyali explained.

He said Malawi is one of the developing countries with so many social and economic challenges. However despite the challenges, the librarian explained that indicators were showing that an information society was emerging at a very fast pace especially in urban and peri-urban areas.

“There is fast growing use telecommunication facilities, free flow of information through electronic media and also increasing use of computers and internet in public life this is commendable and we are heading towards a right direction.

“The purpose of this project is to promote the awareness and usage of ICT services, content and application to increase literacy and to educate and train the masses on the potential of ICT,’ said Nyali.

He then said it was the wish of the Government that every citizen must have the necessary ICT skills for their effective participation in knowledge and information based society and an ICT led Malawi.

The project mainly targets Malawi School Certificate oF Education (MSCE) graduates and those who can manage to speak little English.

Jackson Manford, a form three student at Tsabango Community Day Secondary School described the training as important as would impart in them the necessary ICT skill and knowledge.

“The training is a breakthrough for me as I hope to use the skill and knowledge to venture into ICT businesses which I have always wanted to do and I was discouraged because I had no knowledge.

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