UNIFORUM SA supports 2011 Computer Apps Olympiad

Team members hard at work at 2009's Olympiad

UniForum SA, the organisation that maintains the .co.za domain registry, is backing this year’s Computer Applications Olympiad in an effort to identify, encourage and reward computer application skills for high school students.

The event is organised by the South African Computer Olympiad Trust (SACOT), an organisation established by the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) to promote and administer the annual South African Computer Olympiads.  In addition to the Computer Applications Olympiad, SACOT arranges and hosts the Computer Aptitude Olympiad and the Computer Programming Olympiad.

More than 5,000 high schools across South Africa are invited to take part in the Olympiads each year.  The Computer Applications Olympiad was introduced last year and drew more than 6,000 registrations. The Olympiad is focused on the usage of common application tools such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

“We recognised the need for this Olympiad last year because more and more schools are offering the subject Computer Applications Technology to their pupils. It is a subject that is attracting a diverse population of learners and one that helps prepare youngsters for a technology-driven workplace. We believe that there is a great deal of benefit in promoting the value of this subject through an Olympiad,” says Peter Waker, CEO of SACOT.

Fiona Wallace, a director of UniForum SA, says they will be sponsoring the Olympiad in line with their commitment to advance ICT in education through their .co.za Cares Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme.

The Olympiad is an especially attractive and worthwhile project because it attracts entries from schools in under-resourced communities and helps to promote the importance of ICT in these schools, says Wallace.

Schools are invited to register for the Computer Applications Olympiad at www.olympiad.org.za. This round will take place on Friday 12 August 2011 at schools. Ten to 15 of the best performers will take part in the final Computer Applications round to be held the University of Cape Town on 4 October 2011. An awards ceremony will take place on 5 October 2011.

By: Staff Writer