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We attended an interesting Zoom meeting early this morning for NGOs registered with the Zambian Government. A representative of the Financial Intelligence Centre gave a presentation on Money Laundering and Funding Terrorism awareness to 93 people.
This was followed by a Q&A session. The new Zambian government is preparing a Code of Conduct to guide all NGOs and not-for-profit organisations to comply with best practice as outlined by the Financial Action Task Force.
We have just set up Giakonda Solar Schools YouTube channel which contains training videos we make from time to time.
So far there are videos on aspects of LibreOffice Writer, created by Howard and one of our Zambian partner teachers Francis; and videos on updating Raspberry Pi operating system. Many more to follow.
Please visit and subscribe. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJzpDvVZRwInL3ay6sKMD5Q
African Storybook Story Maker App won the 2021 Tech4Good Awards in Education and was the Winner of Winners in virtual awards ceremony. Accessing RACHEL, our partner schools in Zambia can read African Stories in local languages such as Chitonga and Bembe.
The African Story Book Story Maker App lets pupils use the stories as inspiration to write their own.
It’s Small Charities Week and an opportunity to reach out to the world and emphasise how much good small charities like Giakonda Solar Schools can do.
We don’t have a huge budget but having no overheads means every penny we can raise goes to promote education in Zambia. Our projects may not be earth-shattering but I believe they are valuable if they make a big difference to the lives of even just a few children through access to lighting and learning resources.
A grant from Welsh Governments Wales and Africa Scheme has helped us to provide COVID-safe environments in 14 solar powered rural schools in Siavonga District, Zambia.
We have previously distributed COVID guidance charts and non-contact digital thermometers. With the grant, we supplied additional handwashing stations, hygiene and PPE equipment to aid 14 rural schools to run a COVID- safe school for their staff and pupils. Pupils generally bring their own masks but we provided a bank of spare washable ones for the school to distribute where needed. The District Education Board team helped us in the procurement and distribution of this equipment.
Secondly, we provided mobile broadband to support the remote working of our partnership with teachers in Siavonga schools and to enable an increased amount of online teacher training We installed internet communications with broadband routers in 14 solar-powered schools. Our local technician sourced and installed the necessary cables to connect these routers to the solar-powered system and to the existing Raspberry Pi resource network.
This technology will greatly help our planning, monitoring and evaluation of our project through more regular contact with each school. It will also facilitate our training sessions in Digital Literacy, ICT and developing skills using the off-line resources we have already provided. We are regularly delivering weekly Zoom courses with an attendance of at least ten teachers at each one.
Category : solarpower
Following installation of solar power and computer based off-line learning resources, this is what one Siavonga teacher reports.
Pupils have benefitted greatly from:
-Free access to technology.
– Access to information for their projects in school based assessment.
– Due to contact with real things (computers) motivation and improved attendance in during classes.
– Improved practical time for technology studies.