St Jude Primary School is located in Bura Tana, a ten hour drive from the Nairobi airport in Kenya. TheÂ leaders of this school are dedicated to providing the best education in the area. Children here are ableÂ to participate in various activities throughout the school day. This motivates them to learn and to workÂ hard. These children are very excited about receiving the XO laptops in their school, thanks to LesleyÂ Hayman Sager and friends, who have provided this wonderful opportunity to these children.
OLPCA, through its office in KIGALI, supported the school by providing a one day training on the use ofÂ XO laptops. The children enjoyed the different activities on the XO laptop, especially the Chat activityÂ and the Maze activity. The Chat and Maze are activities that were developed by Sugar Labs. SuchÂ activities are preloaded on the XO laptop. Ten children and three teachers attended the training. TheseÂ students and teachers are now responsible to share what they learned with the rest of the school.
In addition to the basic introduction on the use of XO laptop, the children also came to understand thatÂ the XO laptop serves as a tool to use to further the learning process. The children came to see that theÂ laptop offers a new way to express their ideas, share these ideas with their community and the rest ofÂ the world. When asked about their experience with the XO laptop, the students were full of joy andÂ expressed their gratitude to people who brought the XO laptops to their school.
To assure sustainability and to motivate the children to continue using the XO laptops, the schoolÂ created two clubs that will be monitored and supported from Kigali, the St Jude News Line Club and theÂ Creative Arts Club. Participants registered for these two clubs and teachers will monitor the progress ofÂ the clubs.
This project symbolizes the ideal and hope that these young children will continue to support theirÂ community in its development through education and access to information and technology.
By Intwali Jimmy Parfait