The theme of the week was “ICT – Creating Africa's Quantum Leap'. The objective was to debate how to turn this important and innovative resource to the advantage of Zimbabwean society and reap maximum benefits by 2020. Delegates also closely examined possible challenges ICTs could bring to Zimbabwe and the world at large and discussed how to turn the challenges into opportunities.
There were 4 plenary sessions designed to examine closely, huge challenges presented by ICTs to the security of Governments, businesses, nations and individuals. Some of the solutions came from deliberations which were divided into three thematic streams with several sessions structured to meet the interests of all and offer benefits to all ICT user communities.
Daniel Palmer, General Manager ICDL Africa delivered an interesting presentation in the first plenary session on 'Lifelong Learning as a cornerstone for development'. This highlighted the New ICDL as a key element.
Dave Ives from Karabina took to the stage next discussing 'Strategies for Internet Marketing and use of Social Media'. The IFIP President, Leon Strous delivered a key note address on 'How ICT is Creating Africa’s Quantum Leap'.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier Services Mr Webster K. Shamu could not make it to the event but he was represented by Mrs Beaullah Chirume, a Director in the Ministry of ICT. She read the Minister’s speech which addressed a lot of positive developments planned for the ICT sector. These include addressing the digital divide, access to and affordability of services.
The second plenary sessions had Octavius Kahiya - Marketing Director, Telecel Zimbabwepresenting on 'A Leap from Digital Divide to Digital Opportunities', Advocate Jeremy Lewis on 'Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act and IT' and Peter Doona – Finance Director, BAT Zimbabwe on 'IT Governance'.
The final day started off with plenary sessions with captivating and engaging speakers who included: Nigel Mugamu, 263 Chat founder presenting on 'Leveraging New Technologies for Constructive Dialogue, Knowledge and Information Packaging for Development', the media mogul Trevor Ncube who presented on 'ICTs - Shifting the power balance of media'. The final presenter was Gertjan van Stam presenting on 'ICT Opportunities in Development – Agriculture/Health/Social Services'.
The delegates had another opportunity to break into the various discussion groups and the icing on the cake was the debate; 'Social Media and ICTs should be monitored and regulated by government authorities'. This was between Gary Brooking/Ministry of ICTs/POTRAZ Vs Trevor Ncube/ Gilford Hapanyengwi/Dave Ives.
The final event was the formal dinner where Daniel Palmer showcased the Best Practice Award for the Corporate and Private Sector that the Computer Society of Zimbabwe won at the ECDL Annual Forum in London. He highlighted the important work that the Computer Society are doing through the administration of the ICDL in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Over 165 delegates attended the 3 day event, making it a record in the history of the summer school! Congratulations to CSZ and all the team!
Daniel Palmer, General Manager - ICDL Africa and Viola Dondo, Deputy Director - CSZ