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OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS, 2012, Vol. 6, 148-157
© Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

ISSN 1822-7732

Learning Computer Programming as an Extra Curriculum Activity, the Challenges

Francis DOGBEY

Advanced Information Technology Institute, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT PMB, State House, Accra, Ghana E-mail: francisd@aiti-kace.com.gh

Abstract

This paper describes the i2CAP project for senior high school students in Ghana. The project promotes and demystifies computer programming through programming contests. It is run in two distinct divisions: inter-schools programming contests and the National Olympiad in Informatics (in preparation towards IOI participation). This project has developed the algorithmic thinking and computer programming capacity of about 10,000 students and 303 ICT teachers from 257 senior high schools throughout the Ghana. This paper describes selection, training and organization of the project as well as the challenges and successes of running a fairly balanced programming contest among digital divided senior high schools in Ghana.

Keywords:

i2CAP, inter-schools programming contest, algorithms, national olympiad in informa- tics


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