Author Archives: wendyk

ProjectLibre

Category : News

In 2013 Howard wrote a tutorial on using ProjectLibre for ECDL L2 Project exam. Now he has been approached by the LibreOffice guys to help with producing the documentation for the online version of ProjectLibre.
It’s  great project management software that doesn’t cost anything!
Coincidentally this week we’ve been asked to share a pdf version of the tutorial with Salem State University.

Ubuntu on Raspberry Pi4

Category : News , zambia

We are super excited that Canonical have released Ubuntu 20.10 for the Raspberry Pi. As followers will know, we have been using Raspberry Pi computers in remote schools in Southern Zambia for over 5 years as a low power, cost effective and very efficient solution.

Well now we can run the full-fat Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB and 8GB versions).


Shopping to help Zambian schools

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Every little helps us help rural schools in Zambia

If you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on 13 & 14 October, you can make a difference: Simply shop at smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1169138-0 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile donates to Giakonda Solar Schools.

Coding

Category : News , zambia

We’re using COVID lockdown to hold twice weekly Zoom training sessions with Zambian teachers interested in learning Python and Scratch in order to teach coding to their pupils. It’s going well so far in spite of some technical problems- thanks to Howard sending support and practise materials and thanks teachers for hanging in there.

Scratch sprite


COVID in Zambia

Category : News , zambia

Schools in Zambia have now welcomed back all pupils and are trying to take as many precautions as they can against COVID 19.

Thanks to some generous individual donors, we have sent fifteen schools non-contact digital thermometers to test temperatures before letting students into school.

Testing at Siavonga Basic

testing temperature at Dambilo schoolTesting at KatalumbaTesting at Manchamvwa Inland


Thermometers have arrived!

Category : News , zambia

The non contact digital thermometers for schools in Zambia have arrived at last. Generous donations from individuals enabled us to buy 15 of them for our solar schools to make coming to school a safer experience for teachers and children.

District EDucation Board Secretary using thermometer to test her standards Officers

The Education department picked them up and has begun the task of distributing to schools. Siavonga Basic School were the first recipients.


Thermometers

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Thanks to generous individual donors, these fifteen thermometers will be on their way to Zambia tomorrow. This will help schools check that pupils attending do not have a fever.

non contact digital thermometers


Thermometers for schools

Category : News , zambia

To support Bbakasa School in this time of pandemic, we sent a non-contact digital thermometer so that teachers could identify and send home anyone who turned up for school with a high temperature. They are finding it so useful, that we have started raising money to provide at least 14 more of these. Each thermometer costs £30 but every pound donated will be used to help remote African schools.

pupils at Bbakasa school lining up for temperature testing

Thanks to generous supporters we have raised enough money for 8 non contact digital thermometers for schools in Siavonga Zambia. Can you help us increase this even more and help even more schools check that their pupils are safe to come to school. The children below are from Bbakasa Junior and Secondary School.

 


Achievements to date

Category : News , solarpower , zambia

We’ve come a long way since our first visit to Zambia in 2015.

Here is a flavour of what we’ve achieved to date.

We have installed solar power in 14 schools in Siavonga District and 3 schools in Monze District. This enables them for the first time to have lighting and the infrastructure for computers.

We have supplied the learning resources of RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) to 5 schools with mains power via a Synology NAS server.

But our main focus has been the Raspberry Pi. It acts as a wifi hotspot and does not need mains power. We have used this as a server supplying RACHEL. 80 schools are now regularly using this resource for teaching and learning.

A fundamental part of our project is the training of teachers. On each visit we run courses on solar power, the use of RACHEL off-line learning resources, networking and general computer maintenance, and office applications. To date, in the three districts we visit, a total of 157 teachers from 61 schools have attended one or more of these sessions.

In addition to this, thanks to large donations of equipment we have sent out 128 PCs, 79 monitors, and 160 laptops. These were distributed by the local District Education Board Secretaries.

We have also been able to provide training in beekeeping delivered by a trainer from Monze, along with two beehives per school for those who attended. Some of them have been able to start selling jars of honey.


The power of Zoom

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Zoom logo

We’re keeping busy during COVID-19 lockdown preparing and delivering training materials. Through the use of Zoom we are able to connect with some of our Zambian colleagues to share the  latest news from Zambia and Wales. We can demonstrate how to use various packages by using the Share screen facility.

While Bridget is completing the cabling at Bbakasa school, Howard is on hand on WhatsApp to answer any queries she may have.

Meanwhile I’m busy applying for grants to enhance our support to all the rural solar schools by supplying them with routers and internet bundles so that we can train groups of teachers directly.

That’s as well as using Zoom to share our expertise with Dolen Cymru; and to join in with a meeting on e-learning next Friday organised by Hub Cymru Africa.