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Computer Literacy Project for nomadic children

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Computer literacy project's goal is to enable children and teachers in nomadic rural areas of Turkana in Kenya acquire computer literacy. Students in these schools have no access to Information Technology even though their counterparts in endowed urban areas have all the resources required to succeed in school. As a result of neglect, students in these schools do not qualify to join competitive schools that will make them succeed in education after completing elementary school. These students lack Government support and since they are first generation school learners they have no role models at home to help them pursue education in a systematic and meaningful way. Majority of the parents live in abject poverty besides being illiterate. The students main source of inspiration are the teachers who themselves feel neglected as they are sent to remote schools without electricity, water, housing, health services etc.
Since I am a first generation educated male from this community and now teaching at Kenyatta University in Kenya after acquiring my PhD degree at Arizona State University, I felt the need to be a role model and mentor of these students and teachers. When I visited these schools recently, I found that teachers cannot access internet and are not current with emerging information from the country and internationally as they lacked access to resources where they can access information nationally and world which is critical in improving their teaching skills. Consequently among many projects I would pursue in schools, I picked computer literacy as a starting point.
This area although, it has no electricity since independence in 1963, has the potential for solar energy, which students use currently for studying at night, although in very limited supply. I am hoping that funding for solar energy can be obtained from the community to power the computers. I am envisioning a community computer literacy project which can serve a number of schools in the locality because students can be making trips from their schools to the computer lab, learn and then return. There will also be a library equipped with textbooks and other reading materials to go along with the computer literacy.



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