PREPARATIONS FOR SUMMER CAMP PROJECTS BY THE ESHIBINGA VILLAGE IT KIDS.
Eshibinga is a village in Western Kenya. The village has a population of about 2 000 people. Poverty, ignorance and disease are rampant in this lowly rural African village. The village is served with 5 primary schools children. The 5 primary schools are;
- Eshibinga Primary School
- Mushikongolo Primary School
- Emakuche Primary School
- Emalindi Primary School.
- Emukhunzulu Primary School
Eshibinga Primary is superior of the 5 and has a population of about 700 pupils. The common factors that ties school going children in this area are
a) jigger menace,
b) lack of basic learning materials eg, books, stationery, school bags, shoes and uniform
Exposure is the problem that the Eshibinga xo project is trying to address. This is project that was founded by Small solutions Big Ideas foundation in conjunction with Jane Wanja aims to provide classroom children with laptops. In Eshibinga the idea was to provide this village kids with IT skills using a child centered laptop. The CEO of Small Solutions Big Ideas Inc. Sandra Thaxter and Jane Wanja have so far provided 8 xo laptops and 8 bicycles , an internet connection and power to charge the laptops. Also they have visited the site and seen for themselves the progress of the project. Sandra on her last visit did take time to interact with the pupils first hand. She saw the eagerness and focal energy the children have directed towards the XO laptops. Sandra did take note, that despite the biting poverty that has engulfed the village, there is hope. Hope that efforts to expose these rural children via internet connections using their xo laptops will open the windows of the world to them. The world will come to the pupils and the pupils will go to the world and tell their story.
Indeed, the efforts are starting to bear fruit. Currently the Eshibinga kids are using Internet connections to communicate with their pen pals in Canada, the UK and the USA. The kids have opened e-mail addresses using the e-pals.com which helps the to get classroom linking with other pupils around the globe. The Eshibinga IT kids together with their able teachers have maintained a blog/ web page where they update their day to day happenings. You can see them on wordpress.eshibinga.com
To show how successful this expose is, efforts are now underway to have a volunteer teacher from the USA come and be with the kids of Eshibinga and teach them IT skills. Finally and most important. A summer camp which will bring together kids in western Kenya to learn IT skills, Maths and sciences has been organized to take place in Kenya’s 3rd largest city. Kisumu. Sandra has been busy raising funds from well wishers to support as many kids as possible from Eshibinga to attend the camp. The kids are excited. They want to go to that big city with lights and many motorcars. They want to see the tall buildings and the large crowds of people. They want to prove to the urban kids that they too can use a computer. (Their only worry is that they have no shoes and urban kids will laugh at their bare feet, some have jiggers.) The Eshibinga primary school kids have four project which they would love to present at the summer camp using their xo laptps. The groups have names and the following are their projects.
Group I. THE ESHIBINGA IT WITCHES: (
Title of Project: Jigger menace and how to eradicate it using xo laptops.
- Mary Omusambai
- Edwin Omtiti
- Sydney Ashioya
- Jethro Omukuba
- Rose Gadi
Summary of Project:
The group Members are going to use xo laptops and sugar activities and mapping activity to show how they have mapped out danger spot in their village where if you walk bare footed you will surely be infested with jiggers. They will also prove to the rest of the campers that jigger menace is a hygienic problem that can be stopped is proper methods of hygiene are practiced. The proper methods of hygiene will be taught using xo laptop sugar activity of record, chat and browse. They have downloaded pictures and by using xo laptops they will demonstrate that we can make our environment jigger free.
Group 2. THE ESHIBINGA COMPUTER LOVERS
Title of Project: Using XO laptops to improve our Academic results.
- Peter Amukhale
- Washington George
- Riper Omuroka
- Nyanya Danny
Summary of Project:
Group members wish to demonstrate that , the use of xo’s in schools can help improve academic results. They will demo to the rest of the camp participants that by using xo’s their grades have remarkably improved in Mathematics, English and fine art. They will be armed with grids, graphs and pie charts which they have drawn using xo laptops showing improved academic results since the inception of xo ‘s in their school. They will show how spellings and pronunciations of English words can be made easy using the write activity. They will also show how to pronounce English words correctly without any mother tongue influence.
GROUP 3: THE I.T LIONS OF ESHIBINGA
Title of project: e-pals using xo laptops.
Summary of the project:
The entire class six B of Eshibinga Primary.
Summary of Project:
Group Members have pen pals across the globe. They have been using the browse and chat activity on their xo laptops to make e- pals connections. They have e-pals in Canada, England and Singapore. They communicate using email which is available on their xo laptops. They have put together copies of their emails and chat activities which they will show to the campers. They have one aim. To show that by owning xo laptops they have the world at their finger tips. They will prove that thye are using computers to place Eshibinga on the world map.
All these groups want to go to the camp this August. The problem is. Funding. If funds will be available, then you will see us in Kisumu.