Using xo’s to draw Map of Eshibinga Village.

Today, is a hot January Afternoon. We are expecting a visitor from the USA. Teacher Peter told us that she has been communicating with him for a long time. She is coming to see what we have been doing with the laptops that she posted to us.
Everybody is alert and attentive. Teacher Jackson has told us that the visitor from the USA will be talking to us about using xo laptops to draw a map. He called it is called community mapping. We are eager to know what that is all about. Our geography teacher has taught us many things about maps. What we do not know is how map work is related to computers. We are just about to find out.
Suddenly enter Teacher Peter and a white lady. We are all dumbfounded. We have never had a white person in our class. We meet white people who come to Eshibinga as church missionaries and sometimes tourists. We are also told the first head teacher of Eshibinga Primary was a white man from Britain. That was over 60 years ago. So today history is being made. She introduces herself as Sandra. Sandra what? Thax…Than… We cannot make out what she is saying. She talks very fast. We will have to get used to her way of speech. She is talking English and we have some of the best English students in our class, yet we cannot follow her. Now, that sets me thinining, is it that our teachers do not teach the right English?
Anyway we finaly get to hear that she has brought us some gifts. She has soap for us and four new xo laptops. We now will have 8 xo laptops. Wow. She finaly introduces another guy who is accompanying her. He says his name is Oscar. He is going to take us thru a topic called mapping. When he starts the lesson we discover that what he is teaching is very farmiliar. He asks the features of a map.
I quickly raise my hand and give him three features. A scale, A frame, a title. He is impressed. My classmates gives him more features. Suddenly the class becomes lively. The white Lady sisted in the corner is impressed. As time goes on, we are able to understand what she is saying. We now have a friend. Sandra. She smiles at us and we smile back. Soon we are all flipping open the xo laptops as she shows us how to draw a map.
Bridging a gap
Though Eshibinga village is a laid back community traumatized by jiggers and characterized by poverty, our IT class at Eshibinga Primary is proving to be a tech-whiz-class that uses a little green XO laptop to open up the windows of the world.
“I enjoy the laptop so much because it is interactive. It is easy to remember what I have learnt. Sometimes I take it home. It’s a very handy gadget,” Washington my classmate whispers to me.
“After classes I enjoy exploring issues on my own. Computers are great. They have animations which demonstrate concepts livelier than a dead diagram in a text book,” he says. However,
Eshibinga is the last place in the world where you would expect this technological flair. Electricity connection is still a mirage, classrooms have no windows and the walls are not smooth. You should have seen when Sandra arrived in our school. She came face to face with pupils in our class who are infected with jiggers. Sandra almost shed tears. We explained to her that the insects were in the dust that is in plenty in our school. Despite that, we have xo laptops. They may be the solution to our jigger menace.
We are now mapping our school and village. The other day, Mary my classmate wanted us to put on the map hot points where if you step you will surely get a jigger infection.
Eshibinga IT kid


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2 Responses to Using xo’s to draw Map of Eshibinga Village.

  1. Its amazing to see what the XOs laptops has done to the learners and community of Eshibinga.Quite an inspiration.Want to see the same in my community.

  2. kevix says:

    Hi to all the kids at the Eshibinga school, I am a volunteer for OLPC like Sandra. I met her a few weeks ago to talk about the work she is doing to help kids in Kenya. I was surprised that you had difficulty understanding her, but, then again, I might have difficulty understanding someone who speaks with a different accent. So I can understand that it would take time to adjust to her speaking style.

    I think that is a good idea to make a map and to see where people get jiggers. This is a scientific way to help people avoid them and try to find the source of the bugs. I hope you do this and it helps many people.

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