Empower Girls, Provide Computer Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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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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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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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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