This may come as surprise for many to know that as much as 96% of adults in Zimbabwe cannot ‘copy and paste’ files. In human-computer interaction, ‘copy and paste’ is used to transfer data from one area to another area. These worrying figures are according to the 2018 Global Education Monitoring Report Gender Review.
This is a cause for concern to a country that has recently launched The ICT Innovation Drive. While Zimbabwe is known for its high literacy rates these figures provide a worrying contrast because computer literacy is needful if innovation is to be realized in the wider economy.
Why do we have such statistics?
Most people who are currently considered adults went to school around the time when computers were scarce in schools so they were not exposed to computers in their early ages. Even when the adults got employed few organizations provide computers for every employee hence performing a simple computer task like to ‘copy and paste’ is hard.
The future of computer literacy in Zimbabwe
Whilst the above-mentioned stats are worrying, kids currently in school are exposed to the computer so that means computer literacy in Zimbabwe will eventually increase drastically.
Former president Mugabe launched the National e-Learning Programme in 2012 but the initiative never got anyway perhaps because of underfunding or a lack of will. Institutions like The Computer Society of Zimbabwe should lobby to convince schools to provide computers to students and crash courses for adults to learn the basics of computers so that the country will fit in the oncoming technology-driven world.