About Our Project - Project Activities
We are working to create a collection of quality lesson plans that incorporate the xo laptops and match the curriculum for Nohana and Kokobe Schools. We are also focusing on fundraising so that we will be able to continue teacher training.
2013 Laptop Deployment
Updates about our latest trip to Lesotho and expansion to Kokobe Primary coming soon!
2011 Laptop Deployment
Janissa traveled to Lesotho from November to December. She put in extra wiring to charge up to 40 laptops at a time and discovered that the current solar system was not operating to full potential due to shade from a nearby tree. Janissa also upgraded all 86 xo laptops at Nohana and added some software, including a math program that kids and teachers love. It turned out that the laptops were not being used very often, so Matlabe will start keeping a log of computer use and scheduling computer times for each class. Even so, students were taking them home regularly and showing their families how to use them. When Janissa arrived, Matlabe had already chosen a school and begun laying the groundwork for expansion. Janissa went with several teachers to visit the school - Kokobe primary. She took two xo laptops and individual solar panels with her and everyone at Kokobe was very excited about the project.
For more details about this trip to Lesotho, read our 2011 Annual Report.
2010 Laptop Deployment
In December, Janissa and her brother Craig traveled to Lesotho to deliver 48 XO laptops to Nohana School. A small basement room at the school was converted to the generator and power system facility. Janissa and Craig helped set up the generator, install outlets, and set up a charging area in the office.
Six team members spent a day learning about the XO laptops at Kliptown Youth Project and observed the laptops in use at a nearby school. At Nohana Primary School, all eight teachers and both headmasters were extremely eager to learn the laptops. After the training, most of the teachers were able to explore and learn new programs on their own. During the last few days, each teacher created their own lesson plan and taught a class using the computers. Many teachers used the laptops to enhance lesson content, not just to teach computer skills.
For even more details about our trip to Lesotho, read our trip report.