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.