I am eager to get in touch with someone on your team.
When I worked with International Reading Association (IRA) for five years on programs in the Africa region, I came in contact with an absolutely dynamic teacher at Kilimo Primary School, which is based on the campus of Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya. She was participating in a UNESCO-funded teacher training project, and eager to implement additional support at her school.
Margaret Muthiga is a spectacular literacy advocate and has been highly successful at building a library with over 500 titles for her school, using donations from various contacts she met through IRA. She is the recipient of a 2007 International Association of School Librarians Award and also serves on IRA’s Early Literacy Committee. Although her school is based at the university, they are not funded by the university. So, she has had to endure much of the difficulties that most primary schools in her town endure.
When I went with my husband and mother-in-law to visit Kenya in August, she was really eager to put a computer center together AND they had already cleared a space in a classroom block for this effort. She wants to benefit not just the school, but the greater community. But they need computers and people to get their project going!
Margaret is really, really dynamic. Kilimo Primary School would be a great partner, AND, Margaret’s son is an IT/Computer Science major who would probably offer some great help in this endeavor.
I would greatly appreciate a contact on your team. If you are looking for more sites, Margaret is a real go-getter. She will make this project happen, AND she will tie it closely to literacy skill-building. She is brilliant!
Who do I contact?
Jennifer Bowser Gerst
I am a student at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts. I have started a club at Masconomet called the Global Initiative Volunteers (GIV) Club, which focuses on introducing high school students to international philanthropy. Our current mission is to raise funds for the personal delivery of 100 XO Laptops to students in Africa. We hope to deliver the laptops to a school (potentially in Ghana) in February 2011. Our goal is to donate about 100 XO laptops to the school and to personally teach the students and teachers how to use them, including repair techniques.
I understand that your group has undergone the deployment of XO laptops. As our deployment is going to be powered by solar power in a village where there is no previous internet access, I would like ask you how you accomplished setting up the internet. Any advice or method, along with the cost of maintaining the internet connection would extremely helpful to organizing our deployment to Africa. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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