In continuing with the goal of improving educational access in rural Tanzanian communities, three portable computers were donated during the past month. Two to a local school and one to our dear friend Ngassa who is using the pre-loaded software to improve his English language skills. He hopes to eventually become proficient in information technology to assist others in his community in learning to use computers. All laptops were Linux-based (Trisquel and Mint) and came preloaded with over 100 free / open source software packages. The packages included typing teachers, office software, math tutors, science games / puzzles, communication / chat software, an open source replacement for Skype (Jitsi), web publishing software, world maps and a host of other educational tools.
Also included were free English language textbooks, recorded school lectures (biology, math, finance and health science) and manuals on carpentry and other skill enhancing books. In total over 300 books were pre-installed on each laptop. The laptop donation program in Nzega District was started by Dr. Hamisi A. Kigwangalla who has championed the initiative as a way to augment the severe shortage of teachers in the district.
To those of you out there in Switzerland, Finland and Germany who donated these laptops, you and they are greatly appreciated! Please continue to donate old or otherwise unused laptop computers, they are of tremendous benefit to the community. For more information on how to do so, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org