Community Grants Programme
Blog for Chapter Grantees to provide updates on their projects to the greater ISOC community
GENERAL IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE
Project Name: Internet Technology for students of St. Paul’s Girls School
In the month of March 2010, African Communities Empowerment, an NGO based in Uganda, East Africa submitted a project proposal to Internet Society to support one of its projects: Internet Technology for students of St. Paul’s Girls School. The grant worth $ 8,246 was awarded in the month of May and half of this amount was remitted to the account of our organization to enable us begin on the proposed activities. This update narrates the activities that have been carried out using this installment of funding.
The grant reached us in time and project activities began immediately. A meeting was called to decide on practical things concerning the commencement of activities. This meeting was chaired by the Director who led the implementation team through all the terms under which the project was to be implemented as directed by Internet Society, our donor. The meeting also involved representatives from our local partner organizations.
The project equipment was purchased from PC World Computers shop in Mbarara. This included 10 Dell Computers. Surge Protection Extension cables were also bought. A contract between us and Uganda Telecom LTD was then signed to provide us with Internet. We paid the required costs for 6 months up to the end of December, including networking costs. The company sent two of its workers to our school to network the resource centre.
Having put everything in place, the centre was officially opened for its users; to both teachers and students. A full time attendant was recruited and she keeps the centre open during working hours. Our local partners honored their commitments and all their pledges. Rural Computer Literacy Program gave us trainers who have done great work with us. They will keep serving in this project up to August 2011. By that time we trust that these trainers will have trained a group of teachers at our school who will carry on the project and continue the activities into the future.
ICT lessons have been integrated in the school study system and syllabus from the month of July 2010 to date. Every class attends ICT lessons three times in a week. Users are also allowed to use the internet for research, communication, information sharing and leisure.
Students of the CANDIDATE class are given extra attention in this first half of implementation because they only have two months left before their graduation on 5th November. These students have been made to begin a cultural and information exchange program with their counterparts in Marian High School of Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Communication is done on the internet via sending and receiving emails with their friends in Omaha. The collaboration has already made tangible results. Last month, the Omaha group organized and shipped gifts (Uniforms and books) to this group in our school and this was miraculously seen as a vivid indication (for our students) that the installed internet has reduced the whole globe to a village. This arrangement is continuing with the rest of the classes in the next academic years.
Our first ever ICT internal examinations will be set at the end of October in which students will be tested and evaluated. These examinations will be done at the end of every other term and the practice is further intended to motivate students and capture their concentration on ICT as they compete positively to pass it and earn good grades.
Posted by African Communities Empowerment, Mbarara, Uganda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted: 2 September 2010 by African Communities Empowerment
Internet Technology for students of St. Paul’s Girls School: Implementation begins.
With the grant secured from Internet Society for the above mentioned project, implementation activities have began in preparation for an official launch due to take place on 1st July 2010.
Part of the grant has been used to purchase computers and other equipment for the establishment of the resource centre in the school. The resource centre will have a full-time internet connection and will be open for its users (students and teachers) from 1st July 2010.
The photo above shows computers, wires and cables which were purchased and delivered to the school in the morning of 15th June 2010. The equipment will be assembled and connected by the appointed experts in the course of days. WE thank Internet Society for making our project a reality.
The project is being implemeted by African Communities Empowerment (email@example.com) in Uganda, East Africa.
Posted: 16 June 2010 by African Communities Empowerment
Internet Technology for Students of St. Paul Girls School
Thank you for the May 2010 Grant
African Communities Empowerment is grateful to Internet Society for the grant of $ 8,264. The grant is currently enabling us to implement an ICT project which will empower the education system of St. Paul Girls School to enrich both students and teachers with skills of modern technology.
We send out our gratitude to all supporters of Internet Society. The photo above shows members of the implementation team who will run everyday activities of the funded project.
This project is being implemented by African Communities Empowerment (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Uganda, East Africa.
Posted: 9 June 2010 by African Communities Empowerment