MTN and the Ministry of Culture and Education presented iWhiz

Posted on: October 11, 2016

  

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MTN and the Ministry of Education and Culture presented at a Press Conference, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Kostas Kades, the innovative online game iWhiz. Computer Science teachers as well as psychologists under the close supervision of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute significantly contributed to the game’s development. iWhiz aims to inform and educate all the students in Cyprus on matters relating to the safe use of the internet.

iWhiz is a source of information and knowledge as well as a pleasant pastime for students, as it is a fun interactive quiz game, in which students challenge each other to different tests. Students compete individually, winning points for their personal score, but they also compete in teams in order to win points for their school. At the end of each competition, the three top schools will be rewarded by MTN with 8 tablets Alcatel Pixi 3 10” WiFi & Keyboard, and the three top students will win an iPad mini2 WiFi 32Gb each.

Students compete in three different categories: Internet safety (50%), technology and computer science knowledge (35%) and general knowledge (15%). The game’s content was carefully overseen by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute through a preparation that lasted one year.

It is worth mentioning that iWhiz is completely free (it does not even include any banner ads). The game is available on Android and iOS and addresses students of 12-16 year old.

iWhiz aims to inform and educate students on issues such as how to avoid cyberbullying and how to positively use the internet, which can offer unlimited opportunities for knowledge, communication and entertainment.

In his address, the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Kostas Kades emphasized that: «The creation of the interactive, online iWhiz game is extremely important, since it aims to inform and educate the youth in matters of safe use of the internet». The Minister underlined that «the priority of the Ministry of Education and Culture is to be able to offer access to new technologies and the internet to all the students, but to also educate them in order to be ready to face potential dangers during the use of the internet». «The Ministry of Education and Culture», Mr. Kades added, «will continue its cooperation with MTN in order to advance and present the iWhiz game to all High Schools in Cyprus, as it can help students develop a correct behaviour and stance on using the internet, while combining entertainment as well».

ΜΤΝ’s CEO, Philip Van Dalsen, stated: «We, at MTN, believe that technology can improve all of our lives, as the internet offers immense opportunities for the students, to participate, learn and respond to the challenges of the proper and safe use of the internet, the most useful tool we have in seeking knowledge and in education. We hope that schools in Cyprus and students will install the game and have fun, learning at the same time as much as possible on the proper and safe use of the internet».

The game was demonstrated by actor Andreas Fylaktou, who will be the iWhiz ambassador presenting the game at schools.

 

MTN always gives more – for many years MTN has been launching initiatives and programs that motivate people to take advantage of digital technology in an effort to improve their life.