Good Hope Basic School from Kalomo was fortunate to receive 30 pupil tablets and five teacher tablets through sponsorship from the local farming community and from Germany. The school was built by farmers from Kalomo area who came together in trying to promote education for the farming families in the vicinity. The school now has full support of the government who provides teachers, but still gets much of their sponsorship from the farmers around Kalomo and especially Mr Klaus Muller.
Mr Bernard Sichila a grade 7 teacher was trained in March 2018 as the tablets were introduced in their school.
Mwabu Academy trainer Ruth Simuyuni spoke to Mr Bernard Sichila in June, after she had delivered the initial training of the use of the iSchool/Mwabu tablets in their school in March. The first thing he pointed to was the exam practice that is on the tablet which makes revision of the subjects very easy for both himself and the learners. The school sometimes has problems with having enough past papers to use when revising, but since the introduction of the tablets, all the Grade 7 pupils have an opportunity to complete exam practice.
He says, ‘Teaching has also become easier. The content on the tablet is in line with our curriculum so it’s like I have all the resources that I need to teach on one gadget. The learners are able to research using Kiwix for extra material that they need for learning. I also encourage my learners to go to the iFarm app when they are free, so that they get basic knowledge on farming since we are in a farming community. I am already seeing my learners become more independent with school work since they learned how to navigate the tablets.
Projecting the work to the learners is on another level! It’s so exciting and professional, and finally as teachers, we receive more advice in terms of delivering of lessons. For the learners, they pay so much attention and some feel like they are watching a television which they don’t have at home.
I am also grateful for the privilege of using Microsoft Word to practise with the learners in ICT since it was introduced in schools, and now we have that app on our tablets and many more. For the learners that have fallen behind in reading, the reading scheme is coming in very handy. They use this in their free time to continue reading – so much that they even don’t want to go for break. On my part, I am improving my power point presentations and am sure the next time we have a CPD session (Continual Professional Development) I will be starting with my power point presentation!'
Here is Ruth in action with the teachers from Good Hope School during training in March.