September 24, 2015
by Ames Community School District
Willbald Mvungi, who teaches computer science and mathematics at a high school in Arusha, Tanzania, visited Teresa Green's Media classes at Edwards Element School, on Sept. 15, to observe as students learned coding skills.
"I'm amazed that students in elementary school are learning to code, "Mvungi said in a news release posted on the district's website. "In Tanzania, students must wait until they start college to learn such skills."
Mvungi said teacher training and funding for resources are improving in Tanzania, however, "There is a lot of motivation to give our children the skills and tools they need in math, science and technology," he said.
Organizations such as Opportunity Education, for example help raise funds to provide Tanzanian students with computers, Mvungi said.
Bethesda Lutheran Church sponsored Mvungi's visit to Ames.