Friday, Nov 17th

First click at Ololosokwan Digital Village

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Children at the Internet School, part of the Digital Village in OlolosokwaPrimary, pre-secondary and secondary school students in the villages of Ololosokwan and Soitsambu in Loliondo district are greatly enjoying the basic computer training and access to e-learning materials, that has been made available for the very first time in the remote Maasai pastoralist villages, thanks to the Samsung East Africa supported Digital Village project in the remote area.

 

The e-learning centre at the Digital Village in Ololosokwan is providing students with access to new learning opportunities, including education materials to support their exams preparation. As many young girls are mutilated immediately after completing primary education, attending the computer training at the centre delays the process, thus allowing these girls to ultimately join secondary schools.

The intervention is crucial in the area, according to the Ngorongoro District data only 0.7% of women and 2% of men over 20 have attended seven years of education. The situation is even worse for girls as very few proceed to secondary education due to early marriage and pregnancy, low awareness on reproductive rights, lack of trained responsive teachers to help with girls’ retention and, unfavourable traditions such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The students are quite comfortable with training and are excited to explore the new world of learning. “To me it is a very important training. Instead of taking care of goats, I am learning a lot of new things that I never expected to learn. During the first week, it was very difficult for me, whatever I was doing in the computer I thought that I am not doing it right. Right now I am happy that I am getting comfortable in computer use, and I am sure at the end of the program I will be really good at it and it will help me in my studies”, said Kitay Ngoya, a 14 years old boy from Ololosokwan.

Inclusive access is still a challenge that needs to be addressed, in contexts like Ololosokwan Kimaasai is the first language for learners whilst Kiswahili and English are the predominant languages in online and school environments.  A participatory and interactive approach helps overcome the barriers and students are becoming more confident by every week of training.  48 students are currently enrolled in the training and many more students are coming to register for the upcoming trainings.

The training centre has been providing basic computes skills for the secondary schools students, primary and secondary schools teachers as well as community member at Ololosokwan village and its neighbourhood villages. Approximately 1000 community members have so far completed the basic computer training, fulfilling a condition to enrol to other ICT based trainings UNESCO will introduce at the centre.

The e-learning programme is a part of a Digital Village intervention in Ololosokwan ward in Ngorongoro district, coordinated by UNESCO Dar es Salaam office in a partnership with Samsung Electronics East Africa.Primary, pre-secondary and secondary school students in the villages of Ololosokwan and Soitsambu in Loliondo district are greatly enjoying the basic computer training and access to e-learning materials, that has been made available for the very first time in the remote Maasai pastoralist villages, thanks to the Samsung East Africa supported Digital Village project in the remote area.

The e-learning centre at the Digital Village in Ololosokwan is providing students with access to new learning opportunities, including education materials to support their exams preparation. As many young girls are mutilated immediately after completing primary education, attending the computer training at the centre delays the process, thus allowing these girls to ultimately join secondary schools.

The intervention is crucial in the area, according to the Ngorongoro District data only 0.7% of women and 2% of men over 20 have attended seven years of education. The situation is even worse for girls as very few proceed to secondary education due to early marriage and pregnancy, low awareness on reproductive rights, lack of trained responsive teachers to help with girls’ retention and, unfavourable traditions such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The students are quite comfortable with training and are excited to explore the new world of learning. “To me it is a very important training. Instead of taking care of goats, I am learning a lot of new things that I never expected to learn. During the first week, it was very difficult for me, whatever I was doing in the computer I thought that I am not doing it right. Right now I am happy that I am getting comfortable in computer use, and I am sure at the end of the program I will be really good at it and it will help me in my studies”, said Kitay Ngoya, a 14 years old boy from Ololosokwan.

Inclusive access is still a challenge that needs to be addressed, in contexts like Ololosokwan Kimaasai is the first language for learners whilst Kiswahili and English are the predominant languages in online and school environments.  A participatory and interactive approach helps overcome the barriers and students are becoming more confident by every week of training.  48 students are currently enrolled in the training and many more students are coming to register for the upcoming trainings.

The training centre has been providing basic computes skills for the secondary schools students, primary and secondary schools teachers as well as community member at Ololosokwan village and its neighbourhood villages. Approximately 1000 community members have so far completed the basic computer training, fulfilling a condition to enrol to other ICT based trainings UNESCO will introduce at the centre.

The e-learning programme is a part of a Digital Village intervention in Ololosokwan ward in Ngorongoro district, coordinated by UNESCO Dar es Salaam office in a partnership with Samsung Electronics East Africa.