Bringing Technology to Rural schools in Zimbabwe

 
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Headmaster Receiving Laptops From The Foundation
Headmaster Receiving Laptops From The Foundation

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project. This project is at the heart of the Tekeshe Foundation and is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between rural and urban schools.  This project is a big success and it is tranforming education in Rimbi village.

In Phase I of this project we introduced sensitization workshops facilitated by our in-country partner, Computers For Zimbawean Schools (CzWS).  The workshops covered the integration of computers in the classroom and internet skills and resources for learning and teaching. The workshops were very well received by all participants. A Tekeshe Foundation staff relates: “It was an eye opener for most participants, it made them realize how far behind they were in their methods of teaching. The teachers requested the headmaster to buy projectors; they realized that the era of black boards and chalks was over.”   

In 2013, the second phase of our ICT project commenced. The goal of this phase was to provide Computer and Internet Literacy Training to the teachers and to to provide internet connectivity to Rimbi High School. 

  • To date we have provided computer training to 25 teachers
  • To date we have provided laptops to six teachers
  • On September 8, we brought the internet to Rimbi High

In his own words by "Rimbi High School ICT Project Coordinator" 

"Rimbi High School is appreciative of the unparalleled work being done to our school and the community at large by the Tekeshe Foundation. The most recent and most profound development to the school is the internet connectivity, which the Tekeshe Foundation intends to upgrade to meet demands and current developments on information technology i.e. to improve on speed, wifi connectivity and the number of computers connected. The internet facility has transformed the lives of teachers and students. They are now able to access the latest information for the different subject areas and this has really taken all of us to the information technology era and the global village"

WE ARE NOW IN PHASE 3 OF THE PROJECT

We are pleased to announced that the project is on target.  We are now in the third phase of the project. The goal of the this phase is to continue Computer and Internet Literacy Training .

  • The teachers who completed the first training will be trained on the tools for intergrating ICT into the curriculum
  • Sensitization workshop will be conducted for the new group of teachers
  • After the sensitization workshops, the new group of teachers will receive the Computer Literacy training that the first group of teachers went through. [This training covers, basic computer skills, Microsoft Office and the internet] 
  • Upgrade VSAT system at Rimbi High

 

As you can see we have accomplished a lot together. These accomplishments would not have been possible without your support. Through your donations you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of rural teachers and students. Thanks again!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Teachers Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Teachers Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Students Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Students Who Are Beneficiaries Of The Project
Teacher thanking the Donors for the Internet
Teacher thanking the Donors for the Internet

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project. This project is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between the rural and urban schools.  We've accomplished a lot along the way—thanks to your help!. Here are some highlights.

1. Twenty Five Primary and Secondary School Teachers Received Basic Computer Training
To date we worked in collaboration with our in-country partner,  Computers for Zimbabwean Schools (CzWS) to conduct six ICT workshops at Rimbi High school. The workshops have been a great eye opener to show the teachers that the era of black boards and chalks is over and to introduce to them the 21st century tools for teaching. We are pleased to announce that this project is a big success. To date, twenty five primary and secondary school teachers have received basic computer training including word processing, spreadsheet processing and presentation package training. The teachers found the workshops very beneficial and they requested to have more training. Here is what some of the teachers who attented the workshops had say:

"I am now able to embolden text. I am also able to underline text as well as to use italics. I am also fascinated by the ability of the text to appear in different colours. "


"I am benefitting so much through this programme since I was at ‘zero’ as far as Computer Literacy is concerned.  I was even shy to be associated with computers since I couldn’t even turn a computer on.  I am very thankful for Mr Mupinda, the instructor. He has taught us a lot within a short space of time.
Microsoft Word – I am now able to type any document and can insert any symbols I want with ease.  He also taught us Microsoft Excel which is a very useful tool in teaching.  The summation in particular was so interesting, using average and the copying of formulas was just magical!"

2. Five Teachers Received Laptops

Though this project is a big success one of the challenges is that the teachers have limited access to computers. To address this problem we made an arrangement with CsWS to provide us refurbished laptops at a discounted price of $220 per laptop. The teachers will pay $50.00 while the Tekeshe foundation covers the rest of the cost. To date we  purchased five laptops for the teachers. 

3. We Brought The Internet to 1,000 Students At Rimbi High School
Our biggest accomplishment this year was seeing our vision of  "BRINGING THE INTERNET TO RURAL SCHOOLS" become a reality. On  September 8, 2014 TELONE installed VSAT satelitte at Rimbi High School.  Here is what one of the teachers and the head boy had to say:

In His Own Words By One Of The Teachers At Rimbi High School

"We would like to register our utmost appreciation to the donors for bringing this state of the art technology to our school. We used to be a school indeed just like other schools. On behalf of Rimbi school we feel humbled that from now onwards our school has the most advanved technology in the Sabi valley area. There is no other school in the valley with such technology. Our school is now in par with urban schools.  Now that we are at par with other schools in the country there should be no excuse for mediocrity and below par performance."

In His Own Words By The Rimbi High School Head Boy
"We are very pleased to have such a facility at our school. We are very grateful to you the donors. From now onwards the pass rate at our school will improve because we will be able to get information from the internet. We continue to look to you to help advance our school. Thank you so much!"


Goals for 2015 - 2016
1. Provide internet access to Rimbi Primary school.  
2. Provide computer training to 100 teachers by end of 2015
4. Provide laptops to 50 teachers by end of 2015


As you can see we have accomplished a lot. These accomplishments would not have been possible without your support. Through your donations you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of rural teachers and students!.

May you have a very happy and prosperous 2015!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Rimbi High School Head Boy thanking the Donors
Rimbi High School Head Boy thanking the Donors
TELONE giving students and teachers VSAT overview
TELONE giving students and teachers VSAT overview
Students getting VSAT overview
Students getting VSAT overview
One of the teachers with the laptop
One of the teachers with the laptop

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my profound gratitude to you for your continued support of our ICT project.  I am pleased to announce that our vision of  "BRINGING THE INTERNET TO RURAL SCHOOLS" has become a reality!  September 8, 2014 marked a great milestone in the history of the Tekeshe Foundation as students, teachers and community leaders gathered to witness TELONE install VSAT satelitte at Rimbi High School. It was a day of great jubilation as TELONE technicians announced , "We finally managed to get it working! "

As I mentioned in one of my previous reports, Rimbi is an underserved rural village located in Chipinge district in the southen part of Zimbabwe. Rural schools are faced with so many challenges. Class rooms are in disrepair, teachers dont have proper tools for teaching and the schools dont have the funds to buy computers. Lack of access to computers and the internet has created a digital divide between urban and rural schools which is severely disadvantaging a whole generation of youth growing up in the rural areas.  Bringing internet access to Rimbi High school opens a world of opportunities and creates a level playing field for the teachers and students.

Rimbi community, the students and the teachers are grateful to you for bringing the internet to Rimbi. The following is an excerpt from the first email sent from the village by the head master and  faculty of Rimbi High School.

In their Own Words - Special Thanks To You  

On behalf of Rimbi High School staff, students, School development Committee, Rimbi community and all other stakeholders, I wish to register profound gratitude for the provision of this vital facility - the very facility we have used to write this email.

Equipped with such a facility, teachers and students can access vital information to bolster up the school`s pass rates at both O and A`level, thereby improving the quality of our products.

We are hugely appreciative of the facility that keeps us abreast of modern technology and closes the digital divide between Rural and Urban schools.  We continue to bank on your immense support for which we are eternally
grateful. We want to assure you that the facility will get our utmost care.

Yours faithfully
Mundeta ( Rimbi High School Head), Mlambo ( Rimbi High School SDC chairperson) & Matende ( Rimbi High School Teacher Internet Project Coordinator)

In His Own Words - Special Thanks To You  From One of the Teachers

It is quite a great pleasure to have this technology at our school, I will never cease to rejoice .I  will never cease singing the AMAZING GRACE OF GOD. Thank you Tekeshe Foundation. Please extend my gratitude to our freinds who are out there who help us in several unparalled ways. They are are precious to us.

At a personal level, I am now a different teacher, my future academic prospects have been brittened by this . I wish to do my post graduate studies as soon as I get the opportunity. This technology will be instrumental in that endeavour. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. I WROTE THIS LETTER USING THE FACILITY, IT IS OWESOME TECHNOLOGY!
Yours sincerely
Matende

 As you can see from these emails, you are playing a major role in transforming the lives of the teachers in this village. To Date, your donations have made it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to purchase five laptops for the teachers. You can see in these pictures one of the teachers with his laptop.  We also used some of the money you donated for VSAT installation. The installation charges were $800. Eight computers are connected to the internet for a monthly charge of $50.00.

Thanks again for your support. We still have a long way to go. Our goal this year is to provide laptops to 50 teachers. I thank you in advance for helping us meet our goal.

 

Best wishes,

Thelma

TELONE Technicians Installing VSAT At Rimbi High
TELONE Technicians Installing VSAT At Rimbi High
Rimbi Faculty - Yes! The Internert Is Finally Here
Rimbi Faculty - Yes! The Internert Is Finally Here
Rimbi High - Students Excited About  The Internet
Rimbi High - Students Excited About The Internet
The teachers at one of the workshops
The teachers at one of the workshops

Dear Friends,

Thank yo so much for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project.  This project is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between the rural and urban schools. Your donations have made it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to join forces with Mupinda of CzWS to conduct four ICT workshops at Rimbi High School. The impact that this project is having has exceeded our expectation.  Here is a letter that was sent to Mr Mupinda by one of the students who attended the workshops:

Dear Mr. Mupinda

RE : WORD PROCESSING SKILL BASE

I am writting you this letter to show you how much things about computers I have lent.  I am learning an application package called MS-Word.  This package has so many interesting features.

I am now able to embolden text.

I am also able to underline text as well as to use italics.

I am also fascinated by the ability of the text to appear in different colours.  For example the text in this paragraph has been typed using the Pink colour.

 The ability to change font types is fascinating.  There are so many fascinating font styles such as Arial and Courier New.  There is just so much to learn, but the following topics are my favourite:

  • Using the AutoCorrect tool
  • The in-built Thesaurus
  • The powerful feature of Mail Merge

 

Update On The Laptops

 

As I mentioned in the previous report, though this project is a big success one of the challenges is that the teachers have limited access to computers. We committed to purchasing refurbished laptops at a discounted price of $220 per laptop from CsZWS. The teachers will pay $50.00 while the Tekeshe foundation covers the rest of the cost.  

We are very grateful for your support. So far, your donations have made it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to purchase three laptops.I will be posting another report in three weeks. You will be able to see the teachers receiving the laptops. 

We still have a long way to go. Our goal this year is to provide laptops to 50 teachers. I thank you in advance for helping us meet our goal.

 

Best wishes,

Thelma

The teachers at one of the workshops
The teachers at one of the workshops
Teachers attending a workshop
Teachers attending a workshop

Dear Friends,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support of our Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project. This project is at the heart of the Tekeshe Foundation and is our strategy for bridging the digital divide that exists between the rural and urban schools. The rural youth lag behind the rest of the world in technology. Urban youth are more likely to find employment unlike their rural counterparts who have no computer skills. This digital divide is disadvantaging a whole generation of children growing up in the rural areas.

 
Our focus in the initial phase of this project is to provide basic computer training to the teachers. Once the teachers have acquired the neccessary computer skills then we will focus on providing computer training to the students. Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to conduct computer training workshops for the teachers. To date the Tekeshe foundation has worked in collaboration with Mupinda of CzWS to conduct four ICT workshops at Rimbi High School.  The objective of these workshops is to provide the teachers basic computer skills which include word processing, spreadsheet processing and presentation package training. These workshops are having a positive impact. As you can see from the attached pictures the teachers are eager to learn.

WORKSHOP EVALUATION
The attendees expressed their heartfelt gratitude to you the donors for making it possible for them to acquire computer skills.They found the workshops very beneficial and they requested to have more training. Here is what one of the teachers had to say:

In His Own Words - By Lovemore
I am a teacher at Rimbi High School. I would like to thank the Tekeshe Foundation and the donors for initiating the Teachers’ Computer Programme.  I am benefitting so much through this programme since I was at ‘zero’ as far as Computer Literacy is concerned.  I was even shy to be associated with computers since I couldn’t even turn a computer on.  I am very thankful for Mr Mupinda, the instructor. He has taught us a lot within a short space of time.
Microsoft Word – I am now able to type any document and can insert any symbols I want with ease.  He also taught us Microsoft Excel which is a very useful tool in teaching.  The summation in particular was so interesting, using average and the copying of formulas was just magical!   We also did PowerPoint which is again very important in our day to day delivery of lessons.  I would like to thank you so much. Our wish is to see you sending Mr Mupinda to give us some more training which includes the Internet and email, etc. 

One major challenge we are experiencing is lack of computers since the school does not avail us maximum opportunity to this great device.  It is my wish that one day you will sponsor a computer to each of us,  your pioneer students. Thanks again. May God bless you, I salute you because you made me an up-to-date man.  

--Lovemore

Though this project is a big success one of the challenges is that the teachers have limited access to computers. They suggested that if they could find cheap laptops they are willing to work hard to raise $50 each towards the cost of purchasing a laptop. Having laptops will help them tremendously since they will be able to put into practice what they have learned. Based on this request, we made an arrangement with CsWS to provide us refurbished laptops at a discounted price of $220 per laptop. The teachers will pay $50.00 while the Tekeshe foundation covers the rest of the cost.  


Plans for 2014 - 2015
1. Provide internet access to both Rimbi High & Rimbi Primary schools. We are working with a company based in  Mutare, Zimbabwe called B-SAT Satellite Communications. B-SAT provides free equipment on all VSAT solutions for schools. We still need need to raise $2000 for the VSAT services. 
2. Provide computer training to 100 teachers by 2015
3. Provide computer training to 500 students by 2015

4. Provide laptops to 50 teachers by end of 2014

As you can see from the attached pictures and based on what one of the teachers had to say, this project is a big success. Through your donations you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of rural teachers!

Thanks again for all your support bridging the digital divide.

Best Regards,

Thelma

Teachers attending a workshop
Teachers attending a workshop
Lovemore in blue tshirt
Lovemore in blue tshirt

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Organization

Tekeshe Foundation

North Chelmsford, MA, United States
http://www.tekeshe.org

Project Leader

Thelma Sithole

North Chelmsford, MA United States

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Map of Bringing Technology to Rural schools in Zimbabwe