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  1. Willem de Kock
    May 23, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Just to enlighten yourself. Our school got 40 of these laptops, but they are locked away in the safe. They did not send us protective casings or protective plastic screens. These items cost R400 + R100 + tax for each tablet.
    We got no documentation – so I switched one on. It showed an SA Education logo and demanded user ID and a password from me.
    At the school everyone is VERY busy and overworked, so who is going to charge them from a USB point, load up materials(and make up materials) , fix broken tables, register and dish them out to classes every day?

    • Tony Bates
      May 24, 2014 - 1:04 am

      Hi, Willem
      Thanks for this. It’s sad to see that lessons learned 50 years ago about using technology in schools in developing countries (in those days TV) have not been learned by governments and sponsoring agencies: start with the problem, then find a solution, not the other way round – then provide the necessary training in how to apply the technology. The real costs are not in the hardware but in all the support needed to make the hardware work – these are human costs that government does not want to address.
      Good luck with your teaching – it must be very frustrating, but I really admire what you are doing

  2. Collins Ubido
    June 2, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Nice to see your posts about E-Learning in Africa. Our company is currently developing E-Learning content for Secondary Schools in West Africa.
    We are building the E-Learning content for Senior Secondary / High School using the West African Examinations Councils’ (WAEC) curriculum.Our E-Learning content is packaged and deployed to be installed on the users Computer and only require a one time internet access to download and activate the application. This option was designed to eliminate the problems with internet access in Africa and reduce cost of usage.

    We are base in the United Kingdom and currently looking out for schools and E-Learning Content distribution organisations to collaborate with in Nigeria and Ghana.

    Interested persons can visit our website toand request for free edition of our lessons in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

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