Computer Lab Development Project
Education is critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity of the Nepali people to address environment and development issues. My community is proposing a computer lab project in a government school. By integrating technology into their classroom, with educational software, it will help these students prepare to enter the workforce or college.
The main objective of this project is to provide an interactive educational classroom and develop new skill sets that will help the children of this community compete for future college admissions and/or jobs. The goal is to increase the students’ grades and the number of children who know how to utilize a computer.
While researching computer labs in undeveloped countries, I came across an NGO.The NGO has been improving schools for 10 years, specializing in the design and deployment of technology infrastructure, creating educational content, and training teachers. I chose to partner with an NGO because they have not only created over 340 computer labs, but they have specifically created the content being used in the computer lab, and most importantly they are training the teachers to be efficient in teaching their students. The NGO has even created innovative solutions based on low-power, low-cost and durable technology that fit the requirements of rural schools. It is irresponsible to donate computers without considering what is being taught and how it will be taught, the NGO has created a responsible way to create computer labs throughout Nepal. Another reason they are someone I wanted to partner with was because they use Raspberry Pi, which is the size of a credit card and uses low power consumption levels, making it environmentally friendly. The NGO has created software that can be greatly beneficial to students, teachers and community members, which was another reason partnering with them was important. The NGO, with the help of prominent Nepali writers, and India Development and Relief Fund all helped to create a digital library with over 7,500 ebooks, both in Nepali and English language. Students will be able to access age appropriate books so that they can improve their reading skills, and teachers can promote a reading culture in their school. E-Pustakalaya is an interactive digital learning module with educational videos and reference materials that help students do research projects. Teachers can benefit from the wider variety of books, including various teaching and educational materials in core subjects, as well as in agriculture, health, environment, and technology. Teachers can also benefit from the ebook materials focused on professional/career development. The community around the school can also find E-Pustakalaya beneficial for their own needs. They can access content on their tablets, laptops and mobile phones. The audio-visual content on health, livelihood and agriculture can benefit those in community. Books can also be downloaded on personal devices to read later. In 2015 the NGO deployed laptops and software to 20 schools in one district. They installed solar panels, our government school will be using power to also supply partial power to the computer lab. Both these companies will work alongside the government school faculty and students to ensure maximum utilization.
The government school will be donating two desktop monitors, two keyboards, two mice, two computer towers, three laptops, five desks, five benches, one power strip. All of these listed items are extremely crucial because they will be hooked up to the server, which houses the e-library and will have the software downloaded to them. It is important to utilize the current computers the same way we will be utilizing the new computers. On top of those donations, the school will be donating electricity, one classroom solely dedicated for the computer lab, fourteen teachers for training and teaching students, the computer teacher's time and expertise on setting up the computers to the server and connected to the network, they school will also be purchasing food for three days of teacher training, ten new headphones, eight new surge protectors, five new mice, and donating to the e-library fund.