Shepherd Chimururi : Cool Lifestyle Correspondent – Herald

Preparations for the inagural Early Childhood Development (ECD) e­learning competition to be hosted by Dzidzo Inhaka Audio Visual Learning are at advanced as the date has been confirmed. The competition is slated for November 9, at a venue to be announced soon targeting pupils aged between three and eight years .Eight schools have already confirmed their participation which are Hakuna Matata junior school, Sheali e­learning and ECD centre, Royal Comfort group of schools, Kiddy Kamp pre school, Ebenezer Pre school, Agape Kids pre school, Little Rubbies, and Breeze kids pre school. The tourney’s mission is to explore, mine, polish and market Zimbabwean kindergarten technological gems that will compete at global level. In an interview with CLS, event organisers said it is designed to identify, groom, nurture and foster the next generation of young tech savvy learners with the capacity to surpass inventions of technological icons like Bill Gate, Steve Jobs, Mark and Mark Zuckerburg. “It is a platform that offers students an opportunity to develop their computer operating skills and gain recognition for their efforts. The challenge which is open to any school in Zimbabwe will accommodate teachers and students from ECD ‘A’ up to Grade 2. It is envisaged next year the competition will start at district, provincial and then national level. School competitions will be held termly,” said an official. Participating schools will benefit immensely as they stand to chance to win prizes, get sponsorship, have a chance to network with like minded schools, get national recognition as well as get a chance to participate in international computer competitions as well as twinning with international ECD centres. The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom. The current ECD syllabus clearly states a child should be able to name basic computer components, switch on and off a computer, select computer programmes using mouse, use computer to play games, draw, paint and print, identify and match colours on the computer, make patterns on the computer, observe safety when operating equipment, among other activities. For ECD students it’s a deliberate strategy to catch them young. More generally, it introduces the students to the world of ICT environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the graphic designing thus affording them a chance to participate in the shaping of their technological destiny.

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