The main focus of the CiTA project are the technical applications. And, because we are living in the 21st century, computers play an increasingly important role in those applications.

Specifically in the rural areas of a country like Zambia it is important that secondary school students - and in fact also primary school pupils - get in touch with technology and systems that stimulate their analytic thinking and technical creativity. The reason is that in their young years these boys and girls had little access to toys that help them to develop in this direction. And because 'learning' means to a large extend 'get interested in' it is important that secondary school students - and in due course primary school pupils - get in touch with technical applications and computers in an encouraging way.

The question as to whether the described area is important to all students or mainly to those that will later continue their education in science or engineering, has not been answered yet with a 'yes' by everyone. Many subjects are important and teaching time is limited.

A good option would be to offer the course as an optional subject. Not only because the subject might not be equally important to all students, but also because it requires large investments in equipment and training of teachers. However, the present secondary school structure hardly allows for optional subjects. On the other hand Zambia has a well developed club structure and embedding the named activities in a club is a good alternative.

The 'Junior Engineering Technician and Scientist' (JETS) has - as the name indicates - as objective to make its members get in touch with technical applications. These clubs have, however, no structural financing and possibilities to attract guest lecturers. With this in mind SOZ foundation has started the CiTA project whereby support is given to JETS clubs in the form of equipment, learning material, training of teachers and remote support.