A group of ten youths with various expertise has developed an education software called Padziwe Digital Library (PDL) which contains comprehensive and syllabus-based learning materials for the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and IGCSE.
The content is presented through a variety of media types which allow students to interact with them or visualise certain processes through video simulations.
The software has animations, videos, audios, slideshows, graphics, and plain texts working together to ensure that a particular topic is covered comprehensively and presented in manner that is easily understood by students.
In an interview on Friday when he visited Nation Publications Limited (NPL) offices in Blantyre, Managing Director of Padziwe Systems, Pilirani Kumasewera said they started developing the software in 2010, and completed it in September this year.
He said the software’s uniqueness lies in the convenience as well as cost-effectiveness it offers to students, teachers, and schools.
“With PDL, however, learning becomes alive to students and their concentration span is bound to increase. The interactivity and visual presentation offered by animations and the videos make students to be actively engaged in the learning process,” he said.
According to Kumasewera, PDL works offline, meaning that students do not require availability of the internet to access information.
With many schools operating without computer laboratories in the country, Kumasewera said his company has created a foundation aimed at lobbying for support from both local and international organisations to furnish schools with computers.
The software is being sold at K10000 and Padziwe Systems will first install it for free at Bwaila Secondary school in Lilongwe.
“We are also in discussions with the Ministry of Education so that the software is installed in all schools with computer laboratories in the Central Region,” added Kumasewera.
The software contains learning materials for nine subjects-Mathematics, English (Grammar) Biology, Physical Science, Geography, Chemistry, Life Skills, Bible Knowledge and Computer Studies.