The initiative seeks to nurture and reward computer application skills in High School students.
The event is sponsored by UniForum SA, the organisation that maintains the CO.ZA domain registry, through its ‘CoZa Cares’ Corporate Social Investment programme. The annual event is managed by the South African Computer Olympiad Trust (SACOT), an organisation established by the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) specifically 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.
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.
Said Peter Waker, CEO of SACOT: “We are really delighted that schools and learners have responded with such enthusiasm to the Olympiad this year with the number of entries more than doubling year-on-year. It reflects a growing awareness in South African schools about the importance of ICT applications in a technology-driven workplace. ”
Fiona Wallace, a director of UniForum SA, added that her organisation is pleased by the number of entries the competition has attracted from entries from schools throughout the country. Sponsoring the Olympiad fits in perfectly with UniForum SA’s focus on advancing ICT in education, said Wallace.
Thirteen of the best performers will take part in the final Computer Applications round to be held at the University of Cape Town on 4 October 2011. An awards ceremony will take place on 5 October 2011.