Some secondary schools have obtained more PCs from other charities and set up computer
classrooms. Since 2007, groups of students have been taking the school leaving certificate
in computer studies.
The influx of computers has also created a commercial opportunity in Dedza.
A few companies have been set up to offer computer training and support and some
shops are selling printer cartridges. Two public use internet cafes have opened
As well as opportunities, the computers do create problems in dealing with
maintenance and virus protection. We are helping with this. Nigel Eames, a volunteer,
periodically sends updated anti-virus and other useful software and is in email
contact to give advice and assistance.
In the last three years further assistance has been provided by co-operation
with the Computer Department of Glasgow City Council. Each year, computer equipment
is shipped out and staff visit Malawi. They send a team to work in Dedza. They
have installed PCs and small networks in various locations. They have also provided
the PCs for a training room that can be used by Council staff and people from
community groups. We provided funds for the furniture, electrical work and security
measures for the room.
Any assistance from organisations that can provide equipment or individuals who would
volunteer to go to Dedza
to carry out work and train local people would be much appreciated.