Site: Unguja Ukuu primary school
Installed: APRIL, 2016; updated December 2016
TEAM AND PARTNERS: ROTARY CLUB of Zanzibar in stone town; brighton and hove soiree rotary club
Project manager: CAROLINE RICHARDSON
In April 2016 we invested in a Kio Kit - a set of 40 resilient computer tablets that come pre-loaded with activities and resources that are relevant to African children and help with teaching English language, literacy and numeracy. In an environment where there's no internet access and no text books, the impact of the system is amazing. The Kio Kit was designed by BRCK to withstand the heat and dust of Africa. Since we've had a Kio Kit in Zanzibar, other educational organisations have visited to see the potential of the system.
Upgrade! In December 2016 we had a visit from Kio Kit and they added new content and upgraded the equipment so that it's simple for teachers to upload their own materials. We're reviewing the new materials with our teachers so that they can make maximum use of the Kio Kits in 2017. The students love using the Kio Kits - it's fantastic to watch them all engaged with learning different topics at their own speed either individually or in small groups. Resources include English language flashcards, games to teach maths skills, videos, a young person's Wikipedia, novels, activities and science projects. All materials are appropriate for different age groups and language levels. Initially the students are unused to having text books so there was much excitement about the entire class reading the same book at the same time. However, now that English levels have improved, the students love to select their own subject materials.
Meanwhile, the teachers are continuing to develop their PC skills on the laptops that have been donated to the school. They particularly like to use the new printer for developing classroom resources. The advanced students have been learning computer skills and we now run a "Laptop Home Loan" scheme so that students can improve keyboard skills.
Computer Room: The hot, dusty, humid, salty environment of Zanzibar isn't great for electronic equipment. However, thanks to the generosity of the Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club we have recently been able to tile the floor and replace the chalk board with a painted white area. As a result the computer room is seeing greater usage by students and teachers.
To find out more about Kio Kit, please follow this link: http://education.brck.com/kiokit