Oltinga Secondary School

CLASSworks at a rural school in Tanzania

“It is my first day to use tablet in learning. I am so happy and I see it is easy to understand the lesson.”

Last week, a DEAN Kenya trainer visited Oltinga Secondary School in Tanzania for the third training week. In June, the CLASSworks project started at this school via a cooperation with the Tanzania Support Foundation. Now, teachers daily use tablets and digital content we offer through the ElimuPi.

Most students and teachers had never used a tablet before the start of this project. This obviously caused the necessary commotion. One of the students phrased it very nicely.

The very rural location of this school also means that electricity and mobile internet are not a matter of course. In particular for this type of sites the ElimuPi server is a great solution because it can also function on an external battery (power bank) and does not need an internet connection to make the educational content available via the tablets.

Our trainer is at the school for a full week to train the teachers in using the educational content in the classroom, making lesson plans and new teaching methods that are more appropriate for use with the tablets. Instruction sessions are partly plenary and partly in the classroom. During the classroom sessions teachers are supported during a class for which the lessons are used.

The principal phrased the impact of the CLASSworks project as follows.

We continue to support this school for at least one more year which ensures the teachers have a solid foundation and can count on us for support.

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