Category Archives: News

Power to Kabuyu

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Panels on roofSchool at night

Muhunya Solar made an excellent job of installing solar panels at Kabuyu School. The whole school is very excited at the opportunities this will offer them


Training at Sinandambwe

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Computer training
We were lucky to have the services of our partner teacher Macloud to demonstrate to his peers at Sinandambwe Primary School how to use and care for the computers.

 


Solar power for Sinandambwe

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After a very bumpy off-road journey we reached Sinandambwe to find Muhunya Solar already busy at work running cables and fixing sockets.

DEBS land cruiserMuhanya Solar truckMuhanya Solar at workMuhanya Solar at work

We delivered Raspberry Pi 400 computers, monitors, a large TV and a router. Most useful of all is the Raspberry Pi 4 RACHEL server. This holds lessons, stories and videos to promote learning by teachers, pupils and the wider community.

Raspberry Pi manual


Busy first day

Category : News , zambia

Day one started with a visit to Miombo Beekeeping Cooperative which consists of 11 women and developed from our donation of two hives. We are looking to support them as they move to 12 and then 100 hives over the next year.

Meeting of beekeeping cooperative Lillian in front of topbar hive

We also had a planning meeting with the Siavonga District Education Board Secretary and some of her team. She introduced us to the District Commissioner who is fully supportive of our work.

  1. With district commissioner With Education board members

We even met the local Chief in the car park!

His Highness Chief Simamba


Paypal Giving Fund

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Help us continue to make an impact. Select us as your favourite charity and we could receive up to £20,000 in matched funding with PayPal Giving Fund through Give at Checkout via PayPal.

Visit https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/setfavorite-charity and search for Giakonda Solar Schools and select us as your favourite.



Physical Computing Conference

Category : News , Training

On 29th May our Zambian partner teachers held a conference at Siavonga Teachers’ Resource Centre. Thanks so much to presenters Farai, Macloud and Francis and to Bridget for all your help with organising the event.workshop

After a morning of demonstrations of physical computing, the attending teachers were able to have hands on experience in a series of workshops. It was a very successful event which we hope to repeat again in other districts in Zambia.


Sad news

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So sorry to be mourning the loss of our founder, Howard Kirkman, after a long battle with cancer. He worked hard for Giakonda Solar Schools until the end and his inspiration will drive us to keep the vision going on.

Howard Kirkman


Lifetime Achievement Award

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CONGRATULATIONS  to Howard Kirkman on winning a Lifetime Achievement Award at yesterday’s Hub Cymru Africa Summit.
HCA said”Howard is co-founder of (@Giakonda) Giakonda Solar Schools, which offers solar power installations to schools in #Zambia, enabling lighting and infrastructure for computers.”
Howard said: “I am honoured and humbled to be receiving this award. There are so many others like me taking small steps to improve the lives of people in Africa. The achievements of Giakonda Solar Schools would not have been possible without the help and enthusiasm of trustees and supporters in the UK and the dedication of our partner teachers in Zambia.”

Unexpected impacts

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Sometimes our efforts at improving the educational chances of Zambian children have even more impact than first expected. The following are quotes from MUnyama School.
“Munyama primary school has for many years been operating without power to run  electrical equipments/gadgets or enough to have lights in the classrooms for the pupils. Until MARCH 2018, when GIAKONDA helped the school by providing a solar system that eradicated many challenges the school used face when it used to operate completely without power. Currently the pupils are able to study in the night without any problems, the teachers are equally able do their work in the night due the availability of power and good cool weather.
In additional, the computer studies department received a heavy boost from GIAKONDA through the donation of Lifebook laptop computers which improved the computer to pupil ratio. This gesture eased the learning and teaching of computer studies especially the practical part. Teachers are equally able to type their work freely without congesting the computer which were not in the school at the time.
Further the RACHEL has also been a very good resource for both the teachers and the pupils as they are able to research additional material in line with their work.
Additionally, it has also improved the school community partnership and rapport. Many parents visit the school to acquit themselves with internet services.

The one other positive story is that, two male parents after taking interest in computer studies, did register for the grade nine examinations and progressed to grade ten. We take these as the GIAKONDA first fruits.

Lastly but not the least, the recent training on learning to learn program has played a fundamental role in the improvement of girl child enrolment and also making the lesson interesting to the pupils and the teachers themselves as they enjoyed learning while playing.

The training has equipped teachers with learner friendly methodologies