Provide Computer Skills Training in Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Jeminatu at her computer
Jeminatu at her computer

Dear Project Supporters,

Thank you for your support.  We are so excited that we are together helping to provide computer training to deserving young women. This sets them on course for a better future for them and their families.

We have been making improvements to the FAWE School upgrading some of the computers and programming to better assist the girls in their training.  The teacher in charge is also receiving additional training to enable her to better teach our girls.

Jeminatu is one of the students at the FAWE school that is benefitting from the computer courses. She tells us that she enjoys going to school and that she is learning a lot of things in her computer class - in this video.

 She says "It helps us a lot. I have learned many things like typing, learning new words...it is a great time"

Thank you again for making a difference in these young girls' lives!  

The computers at the lab are over 7 years old. Our goal for this year is to replace all of them. We welcome your continued support to help us make that happen. 

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

Jeminatu working on her computer
Jeminatu working on her computer

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Dear Project Supporters,

School is back in session and your donations are helping support girls and ensure that they are getting basic computer training.  

Educating girls is proven to positively impact the entire nation. The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (which reports to the United Nations secretary-general) stated in a new report that especially for girls, education unlock unlocks huge health benefits, cuts child and maternal deaths and lifts millions out of poverty and into jobs.

This is what we are doing together - ensuring that the girls at the FAWE school are computer proficient and fully prepared to help lead their families, communities and nation.

Over the past month, we have done basic maintenance and updates on the computers at the lab.  We also replaced the projector bulb.  We also need to purchase a memory module / stick for one of the computers.

The computers in the lab were purchased as used computers in 2012. Over the past 2 years we have had to replace motherboards, memory and power supply units.  

It's time to replace these aged computers and we need your help. We would like to purchase 16 new energy-efficient computers from Aleutia.com.  The new computers will provide training for the next 5 to 7 years.  

The cost for these computers is 449 British pounds each (around $550 USD) - see link in this report.  Could you please consider donating towards the cost of one of these computers today?

We welcome your on-going support as we continue to provide this training.  

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

Girls learning at the FAWE lab
Girls learning at the FAWE lab

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Jeminatu
Jeminatu

Dear Project Supporter,

We greatly appreciae your ongoing support to provide girls, like Jeminatu, with computer training classes.
Schools are currently closed and will reopen in september, but please watch Jeminatu, who is in class 4 (or 4th grade) explain some of the skills she has learned this past school year- formatting text and insering a table.
You can watch the video of Jeminatu here- https://youtu.be/TppmuGnyTXU
Jeminatu thanks you for giving her the chance to take computer classes.   This computer training is made possible by your support and it is making a difference not only for girls like Jeminatu, but for future generations. 
"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela
We couldn't agree more.  Together we are empowering these girls and changing the world.
With Great Appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

 

Happy to learn!
Happy to learn!

Dear project partners,

In the previous report, we explained that we had started training the teachers at the school with the goal of having the teachers take over the training.  

Two months ago, a teacher of FAWE school started handling the computer training.  We have done a lot of work to ensure the kids receive adequate lessons in computer.  

At present classes four and five are receiving computer training.  Class six has been exempted, due to their pending external examination that will take place on the 7th of May 2016. Their computer classes will commence two weeks after their examination.

The kids have learnt how insert tables, format text, change font sizes, font colors and also to fill up tables with numbers.  They have also learned how to save and retrieve documents.  

Because we now have a local teacher, the kids are now spending a longer time in the computer lab. Every lunch time is been seen as an opportunity to learn something new on the computer. They sometimes spend well over four hours in the computer lab. Computer training is now offered every day after school, as long as there is power.

The kids are very eager to learn and thanks to YOUR support, we are able to continue to provide this training to them.  

The computers in the lab were purchased as used computers in 2011 and are overdue for replacement. We appreciate your support today - which would enable us to replace them with newer computers with updated programs.  Thanks for your support.

Warm regards

The Develop Africa team

Intent on learning
Intent on learning
Teacher coaching a student - hands on
Teacher coaching a student - hands on
our computer teacher
our computer teacher
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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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

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