AfricAid first began installing computer labs in Kisa Partner Schools in 2010. At that time we had only two Partner Schools, and 22 Kisa Scholars. At the end of 2015 we have 17 Partner Schools across two regions, and 675 Tanzanian secondary school girls enrolled as Kisa Scholars. We’re thrilled to be able to say that, with your support, each of those schools now has a functioning computer lab. Because the labs are accessible to all students and staff at Partner Schools, a massive 17,000 are benefitting from this initiative. The other good news is that we were able to do all this for less than we’d originally budgeted, thanks to our recent partnership with the wonderful folk at Computers 4 Africa.
As a result, we’ve decided to remove the initiative from Global Giving so we can focus our Global Giving fundraising efforts on other aspects of the Kisa Project. So if you’d like to continue to donate through Global Giving you can still do so, and bring educational and other benefits to hundreds of Tanzanian secondary school girls. Just search AfricAid’s projects on Global Giving.
AfricAid plans to add four new Partner Schools in mid-2016, so for those who are particularly keen to support our ICT efforts in Tanzania, you can do so through the donate page on our website, or just send an email to email@example.com and we’ll arrange everything for you.
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Basic computer skills are essential to the long-term success Kisa Scholars. Those who go on to tertiary study (university) will be required to submit their work electronically. Many Kisa topics, such as communication skills and building a portfolio, also require the use of a computer. As future leaders, it is essential that Kisa Scholars leave the program knowing how to use a computer and with basic knowledge of the Internet and social media. Kisa IT classes are taught by trained Kisa Mentors; the computer lab is also made available to the school for general IT classes so that the entire school community benefits.
The Kisa Curriculum, which focuses of leadership and life-skills, includes several lessons related to computers and the Internet. In Year 1, Kisa Scholars learn basic computer skills and are introduced to using the Internet as a research tool. For many it will be the first time they use a computer. Scholars also learn about the various social media platforms and how to use them effectively and safely. These will become important networking mediums for some Scholars. At the end of Year 2, Scholars learn how to write formal letters and are assisted to prepare a CV.
It is only with the support of generous donors like you that AfricAid are able to install computer labs in Kisa Partner Schools and ensure that Kisa Scholars are prepared to become leaders and role models in their communities. For Kisa Mentors, seeing the young women they teach become empowered to create brighter futures for themselves is an amazing experience. We at AfricAid are all extremely grateful to you for making this possible.
As demand for AfricAid’s Kisa Project grows, we are gradually expanding the program to new Partner Schools. AfricAid recently signed MOUs with four schools in Kilimanjaro Region – Ashira Girls, Mwika, Mawenzi and Zakaria Secondary Schools – bringing our number of Partner Schools in the Region to eight and our total number of Partner Schools to 17. Kilimanjaro Region is known as an educational hub in Tanzania and girls from all over the country move there to study. We expect to continue to expand our reach in the Region over the coming years.
One of the important undertakings given by AfricAid in each MOU is the provision of a computer lab, normally consisting of ten desktop PCs, which will be accessible to the entire school body. This is a significant contribution seeing that most schools in Tanzania don’t have functioning computer labs for students. This leaves students at a distinct disadvantage, and, from the perspective of Kisa, also means that AfricAid Kisa Mentors are unable to teach several units of the Kisa Curriculum. AfricAid also agrees to maintain the labs it installs.
We are currently in the process of sourcing PCs for those schools that can provide a secure room and an electricity supply. And we’re very fortunate to again be receiving support from Computers4Africa, who supply very reasonably priced second-hand PCs. These machines are donated by people in industrialized countries and refurbished by C4A before being shipped to Africa.
At this time, we’re extremely grateful to all our Global Giving donors for your support. It is enabling us to provide each of our Partner Schools with a functioning lab that benefits hundreds of students. Your donation really does make a huge difference in the lives of secondary school students, many of whom will be using a computer for the first time. We hope to bring you photos of the new labs in our next report.
Computer literacy is increasingly important in the developing world, and yet very few students actually have access to a computer. AfricAid installs basic computer labs in each partner school in Northern Tanzania where we work. This allows both AfricAid program participants (Kisa Scholars) and the wider student body to develop computer skills and access information technology. We contract a computer service technician to undertake regular preventative maintenance and to undertake any necessary repair work.
Technician Eddie undertakes routine maintenance once per year. This is a busy time for him – we currently have 13 partner schools and are about to add four more! Each lab has ten machines which have been supplied by AfricAid. Eddie travels to each school accompanied by an AfricAid staff member, and with the school IT Teacher looking on, cleans, updates, tests and repairs each machine.
We’ve included a few photos of a recent maintenance visit to Moringe Sokoine Secondary School in Monduli District. Again we’d like to say a very big thank you to all those who have supported us to provide and maintain computer labs for Tanzanian secondary school students. Having even just a rudimentary knowledge of computers can make a difference to the future success of a student.
With the support of our Global Giving Donors, AfricAid were recently able to install another computer lab at one of our partner schools in Northern Tanzania. Although most of AfricAid’s Kisa Scholars have very little experience with computers, they are enthusiastic and quick learners, as we discovered with the recent installation.
Our most recent donations allowed us to buy a number of second-hand desktop computers from Computers 4 Africa. This organization sources computers from donors in developed countries who have machines they no longer need or want. The computers are fully refurbished and in very good condition. They are perfect for our needs and are excellently priced.
We received a delivery of C4A machines in early February and were met on-site at the recipient school by our IT technician Eddie. The girls had received word of the delivery and came to see the unloading and installation of the computers. Much to our delight, they asked Eddie and their IT teacher to show them how to set up and connect the machines, and then insisted in helping do just that. So in this report, we want to share a short video and a few photos of the process.
We are so grateful to all who donate to this project. Who knows, we might have a budding IT professional in our midst, which would be great news for an industry that is overwhelmingly dominated by males in Tanzania!
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