On 10th March, 2014 a delegation of 20 United States of America Government army and air force officials visited NM-AIST and Nganana and Nambala primary schools on the e-readers project. It was exciting for the project to receive a high delegation from US since the project launch. The delegation lead was Lt Col Scott Shepard. We had a very good afternoon with our visitors. They arrived at NM-AIST campus at 2pm and we started off to Nganana. It was very hot indeed and all 20 guests had to hike the track to Nganana for 10min in the heat. This was favorable weather for Nganana for if it rained we wouldn’t have made it…
When we got there the kids were so glad and surprised by soo many guests. The kids were anxiously waiting for us at the school’s assembly….under beautiful shade of trees at the school. They sang two songs in English, very confidently…it’s the first time I heard them sing in English…they always sing in Swahili. Then they read a poem in English “I am an African” from their e-readers. It was nice.
Thereafter Lt Col Scott talked to the kids. They were very excited when he asked what they kids want to be when they grow up. He asked for teachers, doctors, army officers, pilots…those were the professions of the people on the group. The kids learned a HIGH FIVE too and they loved it. They gave a high five to all kids that performed at Nganana and gave them toys and colors.
Nganana: Poem from E-readers
A High Five from US army pilot
On Friday 7th March 2014, the Information Technology Systems Development and Management (ITSDM) Masters and PhD students from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) paid a visit to Nganana and Nambala primary schools for the evaluation of the ongoing project of e-readers.
Below is the series of pictures showing the activities on the visit to Nambala primary school.
Bus arriving at Nambala
Ecolab coordinator Joshua handing over introductory letter
Welcome speech from Mr. Mushi at Nambala
ITSDM students listening attentively
At NM-AIST lab compiling the report
Masters and PhD students from NM-AIST, School of CoCSE, visited Nganana and Nambala primary school on 7th March 2014, exactly ten month after the launch of E-reader project in these two schools. NM-AIST students were divided in two groups, first group was to visit the Nambala primary school and second group was to visit the Nganana primary school. For NM-AIST students these visits were a part of their course on ICT and Development, namely ICT for Education. Students were full of enthusiasm to reach Nganana and have a word with headmaster.
Happy to visit Nganana
Its ICT4 Education project, let’s hurry!!!
This visit was mainly for collecting information about the current situation on the use of E-Readers, the challenges schools facing and how performance of students and teachers after the introduction of E-readers to their school. The NM-AIST students had a discussion with the assistant headmistress of Nambala primary school asking questions that could help them to prepare a successful E-reader project monitoring and evaluation plan.
It was a bright day on 12th February, 2014 for the e-readers project hosting the first visit on the New Year from UK Department of International Development (DfID) Education advisors. The DfID lead was Ian Attfield. The visitors had the opportunity of meeting students and teachers from Nganana and Nambala primary schools and shared a lot regarding the e-readers project. The education advisors are based in various African countries of Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique. They gave useful insights on the project towards sustainability and pedagogy issues.
Nambala students on e-reader session
NM-AIST lecturer and Ecolab founder, Dr. Komakech presented a proposal on de- fluoridation project, a challenge for water in Arusha and northern Tanzania. Visitors then visited a de- fluoridation site at Ngurdoto.
Farewell at Nambala with Mr. Mushi
Group photo with Nganana students
- The Worldreader On the Ground Newsletter is out with life changing stories. The cover page is Nganana primary school class 6 student Lydia Geofrey reading to her class. Enjoy reading this latest issue of the “On the Ground”.
- The class 7 national examination results are out, and we have good news to share. Our two schools Nganana and Nambala are flying.
Nganana had 38 students and Nambala 58 students this year.
Nganana primary school ranks 27 out of 125 in the district.
Nambala ranks at 32 in the district of Meru.
At regional level, Nganana is 120 out 571 of and Nambala 144.
At national level, Nganana is 1,280 out of 15,656 while Nambala is 1,982.
The 01st August, 2013 was the last day for our friends students from Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN) in Netherlands. Their three weeks stay and work at Nganana and Nambala schools were very useful. The presented their report to Ecolab team and we exchanged views on sustainability of the project at both schools.
RUN students went to both schools to bid farewell and the Ecolab team too had fun with them in Arusha.
With Ecolab Team
Ecolab and RUN students
Esin, Madelief, Sylvia and Floor we miss you. Karibu tena Arusha.
When we attended the parents day at Nganana primary school, exactly three months after the school benefited from the e-readers project, we heard a grade four boy Emmanuel John reading aloud a story called “Kanuki na Mti wa Matamanio” in Kiswahili from the e-reader. The parents and his fellow students understood the story well and clapped for him after he finished reading. The head teacher of the school, Mr Pallangyo then testified that this boy could not read a complete sentence in Kiswahili before the e-readers came to the school. He was in grade four but still could not read. He went on to say the e-reader kits excited him since they got to the school. He would read stories daily and since then his reading has improved. I believed what I saw and was fulfilled to volunteer onto this project, realizing this huge impact in such a short time.
This is the reality, and indeed the way forward to fight illiteracy in rural schools. The kits have books in our local language, Kiswahili for Mathematics, Science and stories all in Kiswahili. We are indeed privileged to have Worldreader in Tanzania in the secluded rural schools of Nganana and Nambala in Arusha region of Tanzania.