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IUM first in SADC digital literacy

Mon, 27 May 2013 03:30
by Honorine Kaze

The International University of Management (IUM) became the first tertiary institution among the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries to acquire Intel Easy Steps program.
The acquisition was achieved through the signing of a partnership between IUM and Intel South Africa Corporation.
The partnership will enable IUM students to use the Intel Easy Steps program, which was conceived to improve the students’ social and economic self sufficiency through digital literacy.
Intel Business Development Manager for the SADC Region, Joao Fidalgo emphasised that in today world’s information technology (IT) rules and in that sense, they tried to develop an IT program that could be used to give back to communities.
“The idea behind the program is of encouraging an entrepreneurship spirit in students. In today’s economy, a graduate is not always guaranteed a job, so we created it in order to give a push to the students who would like to start their own businesses,” he says.
IUM Vice Chancellor Virginia Namwandi said urged students registered with the institutions to make use of the program.
“This is the beginning of a long relationship which will be annually renewed to allow the students to access the program. This will enhance entrepreneurship spirit for the students; hence I call on students to be proactive,” she said.
IUM is the first institution to acquire the program in SADC and Fidalgo points out that their target is to get the program widespread in various institutions in Africa.
The program was designed for only community centres or for tertiary institutions and it is not available for individuals.
The Intel Easy Steps program is designed to teach participants basic computer skills that are locally relevant and useful, both personally and professionally.
Its materials are comprised of the Intel Easy Steps Basic Course, which teaches basic digital literacy skills in a structured format and a series of Intel Easy Steps Activity Card, which can be used to supplement the basic course.