The bio of our Field Associate in Zambia and a summary of WCE’s work in Zambia.
Misheck Mutuzana represents WCE in Zambia and is moving toward a WCE Chapter in Lusaka. He and his team offer fee-based training and repair warranties for WCE computers shipped to Zambia. He is the WCE representative for the WCE Inspire Girls pilot in Zambia. He is also the iEARN-Zambia Country Coordinator, iEARN is a strategic ally of WCE. He is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), national trainer for ICT/Computer Studies Ministry of Education (MoE), Computer Studies/ICT teacher at MoE and also the national examiner for Computer Studies (Junior and Senior levels). He also coordinates computer related projects and programs for Computer Aid International and SchoolNET Zambia on the Copperbelt province. He has worked as the National Point of contact (NPoC) for Zambia – Space Generation Advisory Council (NPoC) SGAC and Teachers Without Borders as the In-Country Representative for Zambia. He also coordinates Global Teenager Project and iEARN projects on the Copperbelt to enhance the participation of schools in the use of ICT’s. He is a member of e-brain forum of Zambia, Computer Society of Zambia, Open source Zambia Initiative (OSZi), Global Learning Portal Zambia, Open Education Resource Teachers Network (OERtn), OER and Arts Education Program ISKME. He has interest in the following areas: FLOSS, OER, Programming, Content Development, ICT awareness, E-learning, Astronomy, Computer Networking, Graphics, Art & Design. His specialties include being an IT teacher, ICDL trainer/Tutor, Examiner, and a facilitator.
Misheck is pictured above with WCE´s President, Timothy Anderson at a recent iEARN conference. Pamela Cooney, WCE´s Director of Operations said ¨Among the educational presentations the Misheck gave, he also gave a most persuasive presentation about tourism to Zambia that was dazzling!¨
World Computer Exchange (WCE) is ready to send our 11th shipment to Lusaka. The computers are usually preloaded with English versions of Linux Ubuntu operating system (more resistant to viruses than Windows), Libre/Office suite (can be saved in Word), Edubuntu, Khan Academy and our content pack of education, health, agriculture, environment, and technology content for offline use. WCE seeks a Corporate Sponsor to match the donations from our partners to help in covering the costs for our upcoming shipment. WCE is now recruiting future recipients from among our 179 interested groups in Zambia.
Over the years, WCE has shipped 3,806 low-cost refurbished computers loaded with educational content for offline use to Zambia to connect 276 schools and centers that have connected 649,250 youth. Many of these schools are assisted by Peace Corps Volunteers whom we hope will participate again in the future as they have in Zambia and in 16 other developing countries. Some of the recipients have been institutions that help deaf youth.
Prior WCE shipments to Zambia have been partially financially Sponsored by Coopers Lybrand, Atlas REO Services, the Woodford Foundation, and the ABILIS Foundation.
Inspire Girls: Zambia is joining our five other pilot countries. The project has teachers from each pilot country co-developing and field testing with a teacher and students outside of Africa five resources for teachers interested in inspiring girls to pursue careers in technology. Uniquely in Zambia, WCE is offering to wave the costs of loading our educational content in computers sent to Zambia as part of our May and June 20%-off sale. In Zambia and each pilot country, WCE is allied with the iEARN country affiliate, which helps train teachers who are new to the internet and involves them in online experiential learning projects. iEARN-Zambia was founded by Shalala Oliver Sepiso, a prior WCE computer recipient. The current iEARN Country Coordinator is Misheck Mutuzana who is also our Field Associate. The iEARN-Zambia letter of commitment is available. After the resources are ready, they will be widely disseminated through WCE’s network of 4,365 organizations in 79 developing countries.
WCE thanks our volunteer Development Officers for Zambia: Zvondai Muchenje, Vincent Ndhlovu, and Dr. Muna Ndulo.