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Nomusa KenindaICT in Education pioneer Nomusa Keninda25 July 2019 - Many ICT in Education pioneers have emerged from the Vodacom and Unisa supported DBE District Teacher Development Centres, Nomusa Keninda from the Ngankala district in Mpumalanga being an inspirational example.

From her position in Career Guidance she moved to becoming an e-learning specialist at the Mpumalanga Department of Education and the founder of the exciting Mpumalanga ICT Club as well as the DigiGirlz coding days.

 

Vodacom ICT Resource Centre

The ICT Resource Centre in the Anglo American Science, Career Guidance and ICT Resource Centre based at Landau Mine, Matimba Village near eMalahleni was one of the first District Teacher Development Centres (DTDCs]) connected and equipped by Vodacom as part of their Vodacom Mobile Education Programme.

Nomusa first worked here in the Career Guidance centre but she soon became inspired by the opportunities that the ICT Resource Centre offered for the ICT development of teachers and she started educating herself via the resources on the Digital Classroom.

The more Nomusa worked with teachers and deployed gadgets and training into schools in the Nkangala district in Mpumalanga the more she gained confidence, leading to her position as e-education specialist with the Mpumalanga Department of Education, responsible for the implementation of the ICT curriculum in her district.

 

Mpumalanga ICT Club

In this role at the department Nomusa established a Professional Learning Community, or Community of Practice, for the teachers, learners and youth in the Nkangala district. This Community is called Mpumalanga ICT Club and over the past five years it has developed into a not-for-profit organisation to empower other teachers, learners and community members with ICT skills. On the club’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter you can follow the various events they organise in DTDCs and schools in the province. One of their biggest projects has been the establishment of DigiGirlz in Mpumalanga.

 

DigiGirlz

DigiGirlz 2On coding days the DigiGirlz wear colourful flower ribbons to set the fun sceneDigiGirlz is a worldwide Microsoft YouthSpark program that gives middle and high girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

In Mpumalanga Nomusa brings the project to Grade 9 girls and talks with them about choosing Science Technology Electronics and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. She also trains young girls the power of positive personal branding and offers them coding workshops where the girls learn to work with Scratch and Minecraft Education.

The programme has been running for one year now and has reached over 800 girls in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng. She has since introduced the DigiGirlz initiative to the South African Association of Science & Technology Centres (SAASTEC).

 

Continued professional development

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Microsoft has played a big role in Nomusa’s professional development. Through the Microsoft Educator Community she’s completed many online courses which saw her grow from Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) to MIE Master Trainer and now MIE Expert. And in April this year she was invited to the annual worldwide Microsoft Education Exchange which was hosted in Paris. She was assigned to moderate the lesson plans submitted by teachers as part of the challenge in the Exchange Education called E2 in Paris. 

Nomusa has also completed the short learning programme in Managing and Leading Education with Digital Technologies at the University of Johannesburg. She has been accepted into a Master of Education in ICT and which she expects to complete in 2021.

 

What’s next?

Going forward on the journey that started in the Vodacom ICT Resource Centre in eMalahleni, this exceptional ICT in education pioneer will continue: “With all my vision to study further, I wish to be a shining example to all teachers that passion, resilience and good networking strategies can bear fruit of success in one's life and that my journey in education is becoming a reality" Nomusa commented.

You can keep updated on her next steps by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

  

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