MACRA in conjunction with M-Hub and ICTAM held a two-day training workshop for 7 secondary schools in Lilongwe as part of the continued commemoration of Safer Internet Day which falls on the 5th of February every year.
The workshop’s aim was to encourage students to stay safe on the internet as well as to urge them to come up with solutions to the various problems they face online including cyberbullying, stalking and harassment through the development of safety apps.
Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, M-Hub’s founder, Rachael Sibande, encouraged the students to pursue careers in the ICT industry.
“The future is digital, we hope that after this training you will take a keen interest in coding and application design and development, ICT is a fast of growing industry which offers a lot of solutions to many of the problems we are currently facing in our agriculture, communication and health sectors, we just need to tap into the potential of our youth,” she said.
Each school was tasked with the design and development of a mobile application using studio code that offers remedies to the issue of cyber bullying with the help from M-Hub technicians.
Cyber bullying remains one of biggest problems in the world especially among the youth, with 1 out of every 3 teenagers being cyber bullied.
Likuni Girls’ Secondary School emerged winners with their app called cyber security, the app limits how much personal information the user can share on various social media platform like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few. the winning school walked away with three laptops.
Kwichi secondary came second and Bwaila came third, they both walked away with one laptop each.
A total of 7 schools participated in the competition; Likuni girls, Mkwichi, Chinsapo, Lilongwe Girls, Bwaila, Chipasula and Chigoneka secondary schools.