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!
Recognizing the importance of computer literacy, AfricAid endeavors to install a computer lab in each of our partner schools in Northern Tanzania. This allows Kisa Scholars to develop computer skills and access information technology. The labs are also available to the general school population, improving access to technology for all at the partner school. AfricAid contracts an outside computer service technician to ensure that computer labs are well maintained.
One of the schools in which we have installed a lab is Maasae Girls Lutheran Secondary School. About 95% of the students at Maasae Girls are from rural (pastoralist) backgrounds and may be using computers for the first time when they enroll in Kisa. Exposure to and training in ICT is essential to ensuring these girls are not disadvantaged. AfricAid currently has 43 students at Maasai Girls enrolled in Kisa.
Thanks to the installation of the computer lab, the girls have been able to receive training in basic computer use, using the Internet for research, how to use social media and do so safely, and been introduced to Microsoft Office programs. And all this is made possible only with the support of donors like you.
We’re now over half way to our fundraising target, and with four new partner schools joining Kisa in 2015, we are very hopeful of being able to raise the funds to install labs in those schools too.
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