Author Archives: wendyk

COVID safe resources for schools

Category : News , sponsors

Great news today with the award of a grant from the Wales and Africa Grant Program. With it we will promote a safe return to school for Zambian teachers and pupils.  We will supply hygiene equipment in the form of masks, sanitisers and soap as well as providing hand washing stations.
The fourteen rural schools which will benefit run only on solar power. We have provided them with a great off-line resource in the form of RACHEL on a Raspberry Pi server. This grant will enable us to provide mobile routers to each school so that they can enjoy  internet access. It will make it easier for teachers to access our Zoom training courses and to find and share more educational resources with their pupils.
Thousands of children will benefit from learning in a safer environment and having access to support online.

Science Group

Category : Training , zambia

We’ve had a fantastic response to the setting up of our Zambian Science teachers WhatsApp group.  members are using it as a forum to share schemes of work, lesson plans and to seek clarifiction on things they’re unsure of.

Over 40 members joined in the first week.


Training with Libre Office Calc

Category : Training

Howard has started this term’s training which is intended as an introduction to Spreadsheets. This will use Libre Office Calc.

He delivers weekly Zoom sessions for teachers in Siavonga, Zambia .

The notes can be downloaded from our resources page. Feel free to use them and share any comments with us.


Happy Christmas

Category : News

Seasons Greetings


Need for more funding for Zambian schools

Category : zambia

We are honorary members of NAQEZ (National Action for Quality Education in Zambia). This organisation is made up of educational professionals who have the ear of the Zambian Ministry of Education.

After attending a Zambia Qualifications Authority media breakfast representatives of  NAQEZ appeared before a select Parliamentary Committee on Children Affairs this morning.

According to this Committee of MPs and Parliamentary staff, NAQEZ acquitted itself supremely well on Comprehensive sexuality education.

During the same meeting,the question of quality of education in ZAMBIA was raised by one MP.The NAQEZ team informed the house that the standards of education in schools are poor.The Champions pleaded with the MPs to join NAQEZ in demanding for more funds for the education sector.


Looking Forward to 2021

Category : News , Training

teacher receiving Raspberry PiPi and accessoriesPi set up in ZambiaScratch on Pi

We’re pleased with the training that Howard delivered this autumn. We raised funds to reward 8 teachers with a Raspberry Pi computer to practise what they learned. The equipment arrived safely and is being put to good use.

Several teachers have already signed up for Spring 2021 when the focus will be on LibreOffice Calc and Writer.


Raspberry Pi PCs en route to Zambia

Category : News , zambia

Thanks to all those who contributed to our recent gofundme campaign. Today we sent off equipment for 8 Zambian teachers who had worked particularly hard at the Zoom training sessions Howard has been delivering this term.

With the Raspberry PIs and cables we’ve sent (and their own keyboard, mouse and screen) they will be able to practise the programming skills they’ve been learning; and pass them on to their pupils.

consignment of PisPi and accessoriesPI set up

With some additional money, we sent SSD hard drives with Raspbian operating system so that they can each refurbish one of the laptops we shipped out a few months ago.

A big thank you to all our supporters.


Reward for hardworking teachers

Category : zambia

Howard has been running Zoom teacher training sessions twice a week for the last couple of months. He has focussed on Python and Scratch to teach basic programming skills to teachers in Zambia.

Despite connectivity issues at times, they have worked very hard and persevered. Giakonda Solar Schools wishes to reward their efforts by sending Raspberry Pi computers which can be used to practise the skills learned and pass them on to their pupils.

We aim to raise £1000 via gofundme and have so far already raised £540.  To contribute please click on the link below or go to our donations page. Every penny goes to help Zambia schools – we have no paid staff or overheads.

gofundme

our donations page


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).