Categories:
    Income
  • Education
  • Training
  • Technology
Status:
Recurring
Next Start Date:
Aug 2019
Cost:
$2,500/year

Technology Learning Center

The wisdom contained in all the books in the world can be delivered electronically to remote villages with the acquisition of computer skills.

In July of 2017, Karimu created a technology learning center to provide continuous development in technology for the 100 teachers in the Ayalagaya Ward’s six schools. Because access to computers is severely limited in rural Africa, teachers have few opportunities to learn the relevant skills and pass these on to students. Traditional libraries are all but unheard of in rural Africa. The potential exists for electronic delivery to remote villages of all the wisdom contained in all the books in the world, but that potential can only be realized through acquisition of computer skills.

The project started with an informal effort by Karimu volunteers (2017 Cohort):

  • Donation of four laptops (two by volunteer Vinicius David)

  • Donations of modems to each teacher by Nelson and Claudia Mattos

  • Installation of solar panels to supply electricity

  • Volunteer-taught computer classes covering Internet, Google search, Gmail, Microsoft Word and Excel, and Facebook

  • Creation of Facebook group to help with IT education
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The interest was so significant that we decided to keep the learning center running throughout the year, leveraging Karimu’s employees in Tanzania to continue to train the teachers.

We have now evolved the project to provide ongoing classes on basic computer knowledge via video conference. Katéri Anowara, a Canadian teacher with extensive computer knowledge, has been delivering these classes. She is being helped by the dedication of Karimu’s employees in Tanzania who spend their Sunday afternoons helping Katéri deliver her classes to the teachers of one Ayalagaya school. The current course on computer basics is given in 17 classes of 3 hours each which are divided in 3 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to computers

  • Module 2: The internet

  • Module 3: Communication tools

At the end of each one of the three modules, there is a review and an exam. In order to move to the next module, a student must pass the module test. Students who pass a module will receive a certificate. A Karimu BCC certification will also be awarded with the successful completion of the course.
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Benefits:

  • Helps teachers earn advanced degrees through distance learning

  • Enables technology to improve teacher performance

  • Enables teachers to use technology in classrooms to improve student learning

Cost: $2,500 per year approximately as follows

  • $1000 per school for equipment (laptops, printer, cables, modems, etc.)

  • $500 for connectivity during classes (modems, sim cards, credit to connect, etc.)

  • $800 for the operational costs of running the classes (rent of classroom, electricity, teaching material, etc.)

  • $200 miscellaneous items (printing, copies, etc.)