OLPC Rwanda 2010 Learning Report , Jan-May

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  • March 13 – Rwanda: Finance Requests for Additional Rwf60 Billion: http://allafrica.com/stories/201003150105.html



    March 14 – Center for Laptops and Learning Blog: http://olpclearning.wordpress.com/


  • March 18 - Created

    http://twitter.com/olpcrwanda

     



    March 19 – Attended the SOS Primary School ceremony of receiving 150 XO laptops:

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201003190377.html




     


  • Articles:



    Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: http://learning.media.mit.edu/courses/mas713/readings/Finding_Things_Out.pdf



    Seymour Papert: The Gears of my Childhood:


    http://learning.media.mit.edu/courses/mas713/readings/gears.pdf







    March 22 – Meeting with Mr. Jon Rosen, reporter for Global Post: Rwanda’s schoolyard
    tech




    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100408/rwandas-schoolyard-tech





  • Peter Beaumont’s article published in Sunday Observer (London): Rwanda’s laptop revolution:




    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/28/rwanda-laptop-revolution








  • Samuel Dusengiyumva’s blog



    Genocide Remembrance Week




    www.dusengiyumva.wordpress.com


Transcript

  • 1. OLPC LEARNING TEAM IN RWANDA REPORT March to mid-April 2010
  • 2. Our Goals • Create strong exemplars of what children can accomplish with one laptop per child • Provide guidance to government on strategy and implementation • Develop technical and educational capacity at all levels • Support new countries in the region
  • 3. OLPC Learning Team in David Cavallo, Vice President of Learning Dusengiyumva Samuel, Regional Country Director Intwali Parfait Jimmy, Learning Development Officer One Laptop Per Joy Ventura Riach, Manager, Africa Regional Center Child Association - Rwanda, KIST 1 Julia Reynolds, Learning Field and Development Building, 1st Floor, Coordinator Room M 102 Juliano Bittencourt, Learning Development Program Kigali, Rwanda Manager Melissa Henriquez, Learning Development Officer Rwagaju Desire, Learning Development Officer Silvia Kist, Learning Development Specialist
  • 4. Ongoing Work and March to mid-April 2010   Teacher training and work with children at the showcase schools: Nonko, Kagugu and ESCAF on Wednesdays and Fridays.   Working on Awareness Program for OLPC in Rwanda.   Develop strategy, policy, and implementation plans with Mr. Nkubito Bakuramutsa, Rwandan OLPC Coordinator and Mr. Richard Niyonkura, M&E Advisor for ICT Projects, Ministry of Education.  
  • 5. March Activities March 13 - Rwanda: Finance Requests for Additional Rwf60 Billion   (to support OLPC in Rwanda) March 14 - Created Center for Laptops and Learning Blog. ** We are working on organizing our social networking environments into one flow of communication (per April 22 OLPC Learning Chat) and outreach.   Sergio Romero’s visit March 16-23.  
  • 6. Meeting with Minister Charles Murigande and Mr. Peter Beaumont, Foreign Affairs Editor at the Observer/Guardian.   March 18 - Created olpcrwanda.   March 19 – Attended the SOS Primary School ceremony of receiving 150 XO laptops. State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Mathias Harebamungu Dr. Mathias Harebamungu introduces David
  • 7. Meeting with State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Mathias Harebamungu.   March 20 – In addition to OLPC Learning Team meetings, we began the OLPC Learning Seminar weekly meetings – discussion of articles recommended by David. Articles: Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Seymour Papert: The Gears of my Childhood During the weekly meetings for the OLPC Learning Team, I work directly with Julia, Desire, Jimmy and Melissa on their weekly reporting. Desire and Jimmy graduated in March from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. I am leading the junior members of our team to develop their capacity to run OLPC initiatives.   March 22 – Meeting with Mr. Jon Rosen, reporter for Global Post: Rwanda’s schoolyard tech.   Local Internship Program: building capacity for students in terms of the use of the XO laptops in learning and teaching in schools having laptops.
  • 8. March 24 – UN Delegation (UNDP, Unicef, World Food Program, World Bank) visited Kagugu Primary School. The OLPC Learning team attended this meeting where the children demonstrated their work. Rwandan government requested additional funds from UN agencies to support OLPC in Rwanda.
  • 9. March 27 – 28 - Meeting with Jean Claude Bimpa, ASDIS – Universelle Goma – DRC (Congo). Mr. Bimba and his colleagues came to Kigali.   March 28 – Peter Beaumont’s article published in Sunday Observer (London): Rwanda’s laptop revolution. Before March 31 – OLPC INGO registration materials submitted.   OLPC Learning Team is preparing work on Malaria and research for Teacher Training and working with children in the following schools: Rwamagana, Nonko, Kagugu on April 5-16. ** Please note that the training is scheduled during the Genocide Memorial Remembrance Week and schools are closed during these two weeks. Weekly OLPC Learning chats on Thursdays – Among the Learning experts, we decided to have both English and Spanish chats. David also started preparing papers for discussion topics. It is our plan to summarize the chat transcripts and post to our blog.  
  • 10. March 29 – Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) visited Kagugu Primary School. The OLPC Learning team attended this meeting. The children demonstrated their work. PAC is influential with President Kagame for policy and practice. PAC extremely impressed with work at showcase schools.
  • 11. April Activities Student Interns from Carnegie Mellon University: working with CMU student interns to coordinate their visit and service work to help with the XO initiative - Project Rwanda Summit (May 13 - May 23). The ten students are coming from CMU at Pittsburgh, PA and CMU in Qatar, Education City, and Doha, Qatar.   April 2-4 – David, Sam and Joy met with Mr. Jean Claude Bimpa, ASDIS – Universelle, Goma –DRC and his colleagues in Goma. We also met with the Regional Minister of Education.
  • 12. Samuel Dusengiyumva’s blog Genocide Remembrance Week