Raissa Malu

The ICT Series

How some of the educational videos proposed in the DRC to face the closure of schools have been prepared.

Actors

Her name is Josephine Ndeze. She is Miss Geek Africa 2019 and Ambassador of the Next Einstein Forum for the Democratic Republic of Congo (2019-2021). She is the lead cast of the ICT (Information Technology) series of the Learning at Home program with the Science and Technology Week.

Like all heroines, Joséphine has teammates who help her achieve her mission: Dan Baruka (CEO and software developer), Cephas Mbuyi (Advisor) and Yannick Nsenga (Chief Technical Officer). The name of their team? Uptodate Developers.

In any mission, you need a sponsor. Here, it is the organization Investing In People led by Raïssa Malu with Dora Muanda as Scientific Director.

The reason why

On the last days of the year 19 of the 21st century, a terrible, highly contagious disease, to be known as COVID-19, was declared in Wuhan in Hubei Province in China. A new coronavirus is identified. Within a few days, the disease spreads. At first considered as an epidemic, it is qualified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11th 2020 with 150 countries affected!

Panic is there. States react (each at their own pace). The borders are closed, everything is cancelled, social distancing is imposed. Stay at home! The world stops (the Earth breathes).

But the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, it is also an education crisis. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, universities and schools are closed from March 19th 2020. For about 16 million primary school students and 5.5 million secondary school students, learning stops abruptly. What can be done?

The mission

"Josephine, if you accept this mission, we ask you to prepare 10 video clips for the computer series so that the learning continues at home and your targets acquire digital skills that will serve them in the next world.

The students, parents and teachers will only have a sheet of paper and a pencil at their disposal.

Here are your gadgets: the ICT programme developed by the Education for Quality and Relevance in Secondary and University Education Project (PEQPESU) and the model of the Life and Earth Sciences clips produced by the scientific director.

Good luck and may the Force be with you!"

The series

The IT series has 10 episodes, the first of which was broadcast on the YouTube channel of Investing In People ASBL on 16th April 2020. Subscribe now!

In this first episode, Joséphine sets the scene. She defines what information is, computing and the role of the computer.

In Episode 2, she continues to introduce basic concepts such as files, computer programming and information processing. With these basics in place, she shows us how to create a computer program by introducing a new concept, the algorithm, in this 3rd episode.

The structure of the algorithms is presented in the 4th episode to allow us to write our first algorithms in the 5th episode. Our first victory

What's next

In the second part of the series, Josephine introduces new concepts. The arithmetic operators (+, -, *, /) and their algorithmic representations are presented in the 6th episode with a complete application exercise in the 7th.

Logical operators (AND, OR) and conditional structures are introduced in the 8th episode. Repetitive structures or loops are introduced in the 9th episode. And finally, Josephine shows us in this 10th episode how to make a graphical representation of an algorithm using a flowchart. Our second victory!

Epilogue

Of course, "we didn't win the war," but we did our part. The capsules of the programme Learning at Home with Science and Technology Week are shared on social networks and are broadcast on two television channels, EducTV, the official channel of the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education, and B-One Television, a private channel also broadcast on Bouquets Afrique.

We know that some schools have integrated them into their online programme during this period of confinement. The students appreciate them and the parents see them as an opportunity for updating.

They have also been very well received by the technical and financial partners of the DRC active in education, including the World Bank, which has agreed to finance the production of similar capsules by the PEQPESU.

All the capsules produced during the Science and Technology Week can be downloaded on our Youtube channel and used by teachers, parents, students, pupils and other specialists for teaching, learning and training.

Acknowledgements

Josephine Ndeze has a superpower, humility. I have rarely met someone like her who knows how to listen to advice and remarks, and adapt to do the best she can. She is solution-oriented.

Dora Muanda is the top science director for Science and Technology Week. With a lot of caring and concern, she knows how to mobilize and guide her troops.

The voice-over is that of Michel Muyembi, a member of the Science and Technology Week team.

The soundtrack was composed and graciously donated for the cause by Benjamin N'soko.

The Uptodate Developers team took care of the production of the ICT capsules. They are based in Goma in North Kivu.

Thanks to all of you!

Science is fun, join us ! 😉

This post has first been published on LinkedIn. It has been translated in English by Afriscitech.

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