Local learner takes olympiad top spot

2016-07-12 06:05
Tauhir Ahmed of Islamia College walked away with the gold medal at the applications olympiad recently. He will be off to Florida in August to compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships.

Tauhir Ahmed of Islamia College walked away with the gold medal at the applications olympiad recently. He will be off to Florida in August to compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships.

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Tauhir Ahmed of Islamia College kept his cool after an intense six-hour challenge to come out on top among the ten finalists from five provinces in the Applications Olympiad.

Besides winning the gold medal, he will compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships in Florida in August.

The Applications Olympiad challenges participants to use common computer applications such as word processors, spreadsheets and databases to solve a set of problems.

Of the 10 983 who entered the Olympiad, ten reached the final round which was held at Bergvliet High in Cape Town during the winter school holiday. The 10 finalists were made up of learners five provinces (three from the Eastern Cape, one from Free State, three from Gauteng, one from KwaZulu-Natal and two from the Western Cape).

The final round included two one-hour tests and a four-hour project on the theme of the Summer Olympic Games. The project required the finalists to prepare an A3 infoposter which the Olympic committee can use in schools to promote the Olympics. During the project they also had to teach themselves a new skill that is not in the school curriculum. For this they were given an 8-page document headed “How to create a pivot table and manipulate it”. One learner wrote after the project: “I didn’t even know computers can do things like that.”

At the awards dinner an inspiring challenge was presented by guest speaker, Barbara Mallinson. She founded Obami, a digital learning solutions company that helps schools mainly in Africa to manage digital learning – free to hundreds of less advantaged schools.

“Entrepreneurs both see and chase opportunity”, says Mallinson. “Entrepreneurs have grit, take risks and persist through the hard times. Entrepreneurs drive innovation.”

She challenged the finalists not only to seek rewards for themselves, but also to create opportunities for others.

Tauhir Ahmed of Islamia College kept his cool after an intense six-hour challenge to come out on top among the ten finalists from five provinces in the Applications Olympiad.

Besides winning the gold medal, he will compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships in Florida in August.

The Applications Olympiad challenges participants to use common computer applications such as word processors, spreadsheets and databases to solve a set of problems.

Of the 10 983 who entered the Olympiad, ten reached the final round which was held at Bergvliet High in Cape Town during the winter school holiday. The 10 finalists were made up of learners five provinces (three from the Eastern Cape, one from Free State, three from Gauteng, one from KwaZulu-Natal and two from the Western Cape).

The final round included two one-hour tests and a four-hour project on the theme of the Summer Olympic Games. The project required the finalists to prepare an A3 infoposter which the Olympic committee can use in schools to promote the Olympics. During the project they also had to teach themselves a new skill that is not in the school curriculum. For this they were given an 8-page document headed “How to create a pivot table and manipulate it”. One learner wrote after the project: “I didn’t even know computers can do things like that.”

At the awards dinner an inspiring challenge was presented by guest speaker, Barbara Mallinson. She founded Obami, a digital learning solutions company that helps schools mainly in Africa to manage digital learning – free to hundreds of less advantaged schools.

“Entrepreneurs both see and chase opportunity”, says Mallinson. “Entrepreneurs have grit, take risks and persist through the hard times. Entrepreneurs drive innovation.”

She challenged the finalists not only to seek rewards for themselves, but also to create opportunities for others.


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