COMPUTERS AND CODING
ZOF donates used laptops to students from low-income backgrounds; and sponsors software & coding classes
Donating used laptops to bright students
In 2021 we sent 16 laptops to students who grew up in children's homes Emerald Hill and St Joseph. This allows youths to teach themselves new skills, search for jobs, conduct research and write papers for school, and many other benefits. In 2022 we will be pairing these donations with courses on software and coding.
Coding & software education
We have sponsored computer literacy classes and certificates for 150 underprivileged adolescents in Zimbabwe. The certificates are for an International Computer Driver License* (ICDL/ECDL) for students to enhance their job prospects.
Interviews with students who have passed the ICDL at Emerald Hill Children's Home revealed a number of benefits associated with the certificate, including:
The students have developed a tangible skill that is useful in almost every job sector in Zimbabwe and abroad
The difficulty of the exam has empowered most of the students to work harder at school. In some cases, students felt confident enough to re-take exams they had previously failed (such as O-levels).
Having never handled a computer in their lives, most of the students were introduced to a new field of study and became interested in pursuing studies or jobs relating to computer science.