Bringing Technology to Rural schools in Zimbabwe

 
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Sep 15, 2014

Bringing The Internet To Rimbi High School

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
Jun 23, 2014

Progress Report

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
Feb 19, 2014

Transforming The Lives Of Rural Teachers Through Technology

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
Oct 14, 2013

The ICT Project Is Already Having A Positive Impact

Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT 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. According to statistics, more than 2.5 billion people live in rural areas of developing countries where access to communication is severely limited.  Zimbabwe is no exception.  It has a population of over 12 million. More than 75% of the population of Zimbabwe lives in the rural areas. Unlike their urban counterparts, rural teachers, students, farmers, business owners, and health care providers work without access to technologies that can transform their lives and work in simple yet profound ways. This digital divide is disadvantaging a whole generation of children growing up in the rural areas.

Your donations make it possible for the Tekeshe Foundation to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban schools by providing rural teachers and students access to computer technology. Our goal 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.

The ICT project is already having a positive impact. On September 27, 2013 we joined forces again with Mr. Justin Mupinda of CzWS to conduct our third ICT workshop at Rimbi High School. This was a three day hands on intensive computer training workshop. The first day of the workshop focused on computer basics. The next two days, the focus was on Microsoft Office applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel. The workshop was a great success. As you can see in the pictures, the teachers were very eager to learn.  At the end of the workshop they had gained a better understanding of how to use a computer and their word processing skills were greatly enhanced as well.   Here is what one of the teachers said:

In her On Words, By One Of the Teachers
"One day I was trying to use Microsoft Word, but I didnt realize that after typing the text I had to save the document. I ended up losing all my work. After attending this workshop it became clear to me that after typing the document I had to click "Save" to save the document. This workshop really helped me understand how to use Microsoft Word"

Bringing ICT to rural schools in today's world which is technology driven will provide educational and economic opportunities, and ultimately improve the quality of life for rural teachers and students. The digital divide will be bridged resulting in new opportunities for students, teachers and the community as a whole.

Plans for 2013 - 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

Thanks again for all your support!

Best Regards,

Thelma

Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Teachers Attending the ICT Workshop
Jun 10, 2013

ICT SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP

Mr Mupinda Giving and Overview of the Tools
Mr Mupinda Giving and Overview of the Tools

We are pleased to announce that in February 2013 the Tekeshe foundation joined forces again with Mr. Justin Mupinda of CzWS to conduct our second ICT Sensitization workshop at Rimbi High School. Twenty five teachers from Mbeure and Rimbi Primary and High schools attended the workshop.  

Mr Mupinda gave a detailed overview of the 21st century tools that his organization offers for teaching. The teachers reiterated how much of an eyeopener these workshops have been. They also emphasised their eagerness to acquire computer training.

As you can see the teachers are  very eager to adopt the new tools for teaching. Unfortunately the rural schools are faced with so many hardships.  The following are some of the challenges that face the rural schools in Chipinge:

  • Lack of proper tools for  teaching. 
  • Lack of adequate training for the teachers: The teachers lack adequate training and skills.
  • The students lag behing the rest of the world in technology because the schools cannot afford to buy computers and there is no access to the internet.
  • Supplies are lacking or not age appropriate and classrooms are in disrepair 

The Tekeshe Foundation is committed to helping the rural schools adress some of these challenges. Our vision is to provide computers to the schools  and to provide computer skills to the teachers. In keeping with this vision the Tekeshe Foundation donated a computer to each of  the three schools that were present at the ICT sensitization workshops. The following pictures show Mr Chitombo, the director of the Tekeshe Foundation and Mr Adonis Mutseyami the overseer donating a computer to the headmaster of Mbeure school, Mr Caleb Sithole.

Tekeshe Foundation donating a computer
Tekeshe Foundation donating a computer
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Teachers attending the ICT workshop
Mr Chitombo & Mr Mutseyami giving opening remarks
Mr Chitombo & Mr Mutseyami giving opening remarks
Teachers at the ICT workshop
Teachers at the ICT workshop

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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

Where is this project located?

Map of Bringing Technology to Rural schools in Zimbabwe