Empower Girls, Provide Computer Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Training of Trainers - one of FAWE teachers
Training of Trainers - one of FAWE teachers

Congratulations!  We have together helped to provide training for girls since November 2011.  This means 4 different set of graduates have benefited from this technology initiative.

The girls have learned a variety of tasks including the following: 

  • Computer components / system basics
  • Word processing and text formatting
  • Researching online
  • Making identity cards

A new school year started a couple weeks ago and the girls were very happy to resume classes.  The girls have been steadily learning through the classes we continue to offer.  Lessons take place 3 times a week and include practical sessions.

Since we started offering classes over 4 years ago, the classes have been taught by an outside instructor, on contract.  Last year, we started offering classes (twice a week) to the school teachers, as they expressed a desire to learn as well.  This semester, we are continuing training of the Teachers to ensure they are fully competent.  At the end of this training, the teachers will take over and be responsible for the computer instruction.  Additionally, this is a great professional development benefit for the teachers.  

We will continue to provide technical and operational support and explore opportunities with the teachers to further expand the training we are offering to the girls.  With your support, we also hope this year to replace computers and upgrade the office software.

Behind the Scenes: Most of the original computers and the furniture have been in use since the inception of the lab. Over the years we have replaced components on 8 computers (memory, motherboards etc.)  We have also had to repair desks / chairs and replace chairs.  Currently the lens in the project shows a red display when it is on for a long time (see photos).  

We are so very excited about this opportunity to help prepare these girls for future positions of leadership.  We would appreciate your help in purchasing a replacement projector.  Thanks for your support!

Teacher training
Teacher training
red discoloration - projector
red discoloration - projector
Teachers being trained
Teachers being trained
Teacher happily learning
Teacher happily learning
Girls learning - practice sesssions
Girls learning - practice sesssions
Troubleshooting projector
Troubleshooting projector
Projector
Projector

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Computer lab trainee
Computer lab trainee

Dear Project Supporters,

Since our last report, the number of FAWE Primary School class four and class five pupils attending computer training has increased. Class six pupils have taken the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) completing their classes.

The kids still participating in computer class at the lab are excited to learn.

Topics covered at the computer lab for class four and class five includes: an introduction to computers covering its history and importance, computer equipment features and how to use them, and how to use Microsoft Word software.

Classes are held three times per week for 2 hour sessions with extra time to assist the pupils with note taking.

In commemoration of the 2015 Girls in ICT, themed "Expanding Horizons and Changing Attitudes", the Chief Executive Officer of Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede said - Early education, digitalized training as well as developing technology skills for women and harnessing those skills promptly, are critical to Africa's rapid socio-economic development and sustainability." - Digital Training Key to Active Participation of Girls in ICT

A girl in class six at FAWE called Marion said “We are in the blessed period of our primary school life because the computer facility we enjoy cannot be found in most schools in Sierra Leone.”

With YOUR help, more girls like Marion will benefit from computer training at FAWE.

Thanks so much. We appreciate YOU!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

Computer lab pupils
Computer lab pupils
Computer lab class
Computer lab class
Computer training
Computer training

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Girls are eagerly learning
Girls are eagerly learning

Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to YOU, the children at FAWE School thrived despite the irregular school year. The school calendar was affected by closures due to the Ebola outbreak. Classes started in March 2015 instead of September 2014.

In May, a new computer teacher replaced the former computer tutor.

While school was in session, the children learned the names and functions of the various devices in the computer lab, how to boot on and shut down the computer, and topics such as: word processing – typing, formatting, drawing, inserting pictures and tables.

The first assessment was done from the 14th to the 16th of July 2015. We had 93 children attending classes.

Our new computer teacher, Mr. Williams said “It has been an amazing time with the kids this two months at FAWE School.”

School is now closed and will resume on the 31st of August 2015.

See the video below for a special message from Martha, our future doctor, who is becoming computer proficient.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Best regards,
Develop Africa team

Making progress with word processing
Making progress with word processing
Future leader - happily learning
Future leader - happily learning
Girls learning
Girls learning

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FAWE girl computer lab
FAWE girl computer lab

Dear Project Supporters,

The girls at FAWE have benefited tremendously from training and YOU made this happen!

The computer lab is now running on electricity provided by the acquisition of an electric meter and hookup to National Power. This has eliminated the need to use a generator and has greatly reduced the noise level. It is a welcomed improvement for the lab's learning environment.

The students have received computer training covering a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Different operating systems - Ubuntu, Windows XP and Windows 7
  • Parts of the computer system hardware
  • Identifying input and output devices
  • Functions of the mouse - pointing, clicking, double-clicking, right-clicking and dragging
  • Types of keyboards
  • How to create and format documents using word processing software
  • How to use the Internet and Wikipedia to learn more about searching for different subjects - Mathematics, English, Social Studies, General Science, Agriculture Science, etc. - as required in the Sierra Leone school syllabus

YOUR continued support is greatly appreciated. With your help we have repaired damaged furniture used in the computer lab.  After being closed for over 8 months due to the Ebola crisis, schools have reopened.  Our computer classes have resumed and the girls are eagerly learning again. We need your help with providing the students with on-going computer training.  Your $25.00 donation will provide a computer training manual for 5 girls. 

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Thanks so much. We appreciate YOU!

Best Wishes,


Develop Africa Team

FAWE Girls
FAWE Girls
Girls playing at FAWE school
Girls playing at FAWE school

We so happy to report that schools in Sierra Leone will tentatively reopen in March after being closed for eight months due to the Ebola outbreak. Students have been off from school for nearly a year.

The tide is turning against the Ebola crisis. The World Health Organization recently reported that Ebola cases are rapidly decreasing. The number of new cases has declined steadily over the past 6 weeks.  The outbreak has been the worst on record, with Sierra Leone being the most affected.

When school reopens, we will be resuming our computer classes.  We are eager to restart training and we know the girls are eager to get back in school.  More than ever before, we must support our girls as we work together to build a new and better Sierra Leone.

Your support will help give our girls a better technology foundation - which will help open the road to a better future for the girls, their community and the nation. Your involvement will help make this happen.

Do you know any Latin: Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin aphorism, usually translated as "A sound mind in a sound body."  We have been encouraging the total development of our girls and we represented you at the sports competition for the girls - which took place last year.  

The video will give you a view into another part of their world and you will see glimpses of the National Stadium in Brookfields, Freetown. Watch our girls - full of energy and having fun! 

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Thanks so much for your on-going support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!

sports competition - at National Stadium
sports competition - at National Stadium
playing musical chairs
playing musical chairs

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States