Category Archives: News

Endorsement from NAQEZ

Category : News , zambia

Pleased to have received this letter today regarding resources we have supplied to over 8o schools in Zambia.

NAQEZ endorsement of RACHEL Pi


Adapting solar schools for COVID times

Category : News , sponsors

We are pleased to confirm that we have received a grant of £5184 from the Welsh Government’s Wales and Africa Grant Scheme to help make some Zambian schools safer for their staff and pupils.

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With it we’ll buy handwashing stations, masks, soap and cleaning materials to make a safer environment.

We’ll also buy mobile routers so that schools can access remote resources and training.


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.

Happy Christmas

Category : News

Seasons Greetings


Looking Forward to 2021

Category : News , Training

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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.


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

Category : News

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.

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