Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries

by Victoria House Foundation Inc
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Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries
Technology for 200 Schools in Developing Countries

Our effort to Advance Education through Technology in public schools has consistently shown sustained and improved student growth. In St. James Parish Jamaica, VHF donation of tablets and laptops in October 2021 to over 150 students has tremendously influenced student’s attendance and academic performance. Students of the Sudbury All Age & Infant School would have been unable to attend and participate in online classes as well as complete assignments because they had no access to devices.

Since the donation of these tablets, student’s attendance and class participation has been consistent. Here is an example of the impact of our donation to  two students who were beneficiaries. Omarion is a very focused student who has been performing extremely well the past two terms since he received his new tablet. He seldom miss classes and completed his assignments when classes were still online. The school recently opened for full in person classes since April 2021 and the devices are still used for online activities that are posted in the google classroom. In addition, students use the tablets for research purposes in class, to complete live worksheets, watch educational videos and to work on mathematical concepts. Omarion has shown great improvement in his academic performance and he is quite proactive in researching to enhance his understanding of the various lessons.

 

Trisalee is a Grade 6 student who had great difficulty accessing classes and completing her assignments. However, after receiving a tablet there has being major improvement in her attendance and completion of assignments. Additionally, she used the tablet to do more research and worksheets to remedy the learning loss she experienced due to her minimal engagement in classes prior to receiving the device. Since then, she has been using the tablet efficiently and is on her way to success. This tablet has really been instrumental in her preparation for her Primary Exit Profile Exam which will determine the secondary school that she will attend in the Fall of 2022.

Omarion, Trisalee and the other beneficiaries are on their way to greatness because of your donation to VHF!

 

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Access to the Internet and computers is a lifeline for students now more than ever. Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all of our lives in unprecedented ways, and made existing inequalities widen. One of those disparities is the digital divide. The digital divide describes the gap between those who have Internet access and computers/tablets, and those who do not.

In St. James Parish, Jamaica, laptops and tablets were not within the budget of underserved communities. As a result, only 10% of students in the Adelphi community have access to devices to connect online and participate in school work. Students were participating in school work on borrowed family cell phones. During a pandemic, digital resources provide students with more than just the ability to attend school. Access to digital devices connects us to other human beings, and has become a necessary resource to maintain relationships during a time when we are all forced to be apart.

It has become even more pertinent to keep children in school connected and supported. The Victoria House Foundation and Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities, in a joint effort, on Friday October 16, 2021 donated some 131 tablets and 26 laptop computers to students across Adelphi community in St. James parish. As of today, over 80% of students in Adelphi community have been equipped with laptop or tablets computer, and 98% of the students have returned for the 2021-2022 school year.

.Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Leeroy Williams, thanked both organization for the donation calling it “timely” and a “kind gesture that highlights the philanthropic track record of its dedication to the citizenry of the parish.

“I am positive that this donation will bolster learning by empowering the recipients to better interact within the virtual learning space,” said Mayor Williams.  At the same time, he is urging the students to “show utmost gratitude by caring for the devices and excel in all educational endeavours.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Corporation's Civic and Community Affairs Committee, Councillor Dwight Crawford, who was in attendance at the presentation ceremony, said that “through this uplifting initiative, world leaders are being created.”

He said that he “fully endorses” the joint mission by the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee and Victoria House Foundation to advance education through technology in public schools within Montego Bay and its environs.

“Words can't explain how happy I feel, I am overwhelmed. I am so thankful and I am sure this will help me to do even better inschool,” said a smiling Tricialee Chin of Sadbury All Age school.

The benefitting schools from this year's donations are:  Adelphi Primary, Adelphi Garden Basic, Goodwill Primary, Sudbury All age, Barrett Town All age, Dumfries Primary, Buckingham Primary, Muschett High, Anchovy High, Watson Town Basic, Bethtephil Basic,The University of the West Indies, Cornwall College, Farm Primary and Junior High, Providence Heights Infant.

Chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Sister Cities Committee, Dr Yvonne Smith, and Chair of the Montego Bay Chapter of the Cities Committee, Fred Smith, as well as the Systems Engineer and CEO of Victoria House Foundation, McFarlane Okonta, were in attendance at the presentation ceremony. Also on hand to distribute the devices was Member of Parliament for Eastern St James and Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett.

Many thanks to our donors and partners! Without your support, this would not have been possible. Special thanks to Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee for their unwavering commitment and partnership with VHF to help Advance Education through Technology in Developing countries and Inner Cities of the United States.

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During a crisis, philanthropic work is more essential than ever. Social distancing does not imply social isolation. We’re all in this together! At VHF we are doing our part to contribute to the common good so that when this crisis is over, we will be proud of how we came together to keep our young people and communities thriving. We followed guidelines and restrictions set by the local health agency in Nigeria for staying safe during this unprecedented period. Bravo to #VHFteamNaija for the completion of yet another successful project!!

VHF and Plateau State Association (PSA), partnered-up with the Plateau State Governor’s office to provide Internet access and computers to four public schools in the remote part of the State. Along with the Plateau State Governor’s office and PSA, VHF spearheaded the donation of Internet connectivity and computers to GSS Shendam, GSS Nyak, Science School Kuru and GSS Bokkos. During the installation and presentation of the computers, it was heartwarming to see the initial reaction of students at all four schools as they sat in front of the computers with Internet connectivity. Prior to our installation, none of these schools had computer or Internet access on campus. For the very first time, these students have access to computers and the Internet to research and complete projects for school. Students will learn basic computer skills necessary to compete in the global workforce.

Each computer is loaded with applications such as Office 2016 Professional edition to help students learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. A total of 30 PCs and 2 iMac computers were donated to the schools. On top of that, an additional 10 computers will be donated to two of the four schools by the summer of 2021!

Many thanks to our donors for their continuous support, this could not have been accomplished without you all! We also want to thank PSA and Dr. Macham for engaging the Plateau State Governor’s office which made the project a huge success!

Please be on the lookout as we provide information about our upcoming end of the year fund raising campaign.

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Our first project in 2020 will take place from April 5-10. The project is in collaboration with the Pleatea State Association (PSA), and will be in and around remote villages near Jos, the Capital of Plateau State, Nigeria. The project will be overseen by the Plateau State Governor's office. This project will be by far the biggest single project that VHF will have ever implemented!

We will be serving three schools; Government Secondary School Shendam, Governement Secondary School Bokkos and Government Secondary School Kuru. A total of 30 computers will be donated. All three schools will receive 10 computers each along with Internet access. The computers will be loaded with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe reader and antivirus software. A WiFi connection will also be configured at the schools for wireless access. In addition to the computers, one of the schools will receive two iMac computers.

We thank all our donors for their support and generosity! Our work will not be been possible without you. Please stay tuned as there will be lots of new updates upon our return from Nigeria. We look forward to celebrating our successes and achievements with you as we grow!

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We just wrapped up another two successful projects in Nigeria! On November 22 and 25th, 2019, Iroko Community Grammar School (ICGS) in Ibadan, Oyo State and Government Secondary School (GSS) Television in Kaduna, were the beneficiaries of VHF’s Computer and Internet connectivity donations. The students in ICGS Ibadan and GSS Television have never had access to computers with Internet connectivity at their school. The use of technology for communication, research and teaching purposes were missing. There was no way for teachers to communicate with parents via email or vice versa. Technology is limited to most lower income families and is non-existent at either schools. Students can only rely on their under-resourced library to assist them with writing their research papers. Access to technology infrastructure is essential to learning and development of young boys and girls for the global workforce.  

VHF donated 10 computers with high speed Internet to the Iroko Community Grammar School in Ibadan and 8 computers with high speed Internet to the Government Secondary School Television in Kaduna. At VHF, we believe that no child deserves to be left behind! 

Thank you for you support! Continue to help us so we can help others.

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Victoria House Foundation Inc

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MacFarlane Okonta
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