The cable installation at the Learning Resource Center is now complete! All 20 mac mini computers at the computer lab are now connected and can share information. We have additional 7 laptops that will come in hardy in our training program. There are also more connection points in the computer lab and also within the offices to allow more computers to be connected in future. All these computers can access the Internet through a GPRS router connected to the ethernet switch.
A group of 120 students and teachers who have been learning computer literacy skills were among the first to benefit from the cable connection. These students were able to learn the use of Internet as a communication tool and also for research. They were also able to learn how to send and receive email messages. Some of the teachers had the opportunity to create their own email accounts! Another group of 200 5th grade students from 5 different schools benefitted from the cable through a online tailored learning resource (Exceed Academy) developed by Avallain Africa and Jacarada designs.
"I am happy to learn how to use the Internet for research and communication. I will now be able to access more teaching materials for my students and also to communicate with my friends" Mrs. Alice, Teacher Makaalu Primary School
We also had our The School Fund (TSF) Secondary students use the Internet for their geocaching club to log in caches, check GPS coordinates and to follow some of their "trackable" items. This would not have been possible without the Internet at the LRC. Just this past week, TSF students met with college students from the U.S. to learn about entrance requirements and scholarship availability for university and they all used the Internet to search for this information.
The cable connection will be a great learning opportunity for students and teachers from our enrolled schools. Although the Internet connectivity is a bit slow, we are exploring ways to make it a bit faster by installing a dish, but then we would be required to pay reccurrent montly fees for the Internet.
We are very grateful to you all for making this project a success and how it benefits our 55 partner schools in Wamunyu!
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.
We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.