Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The event – highly publicized and attended by several popular leaders, including Senator Balinda, who is also the founder of the Independent University of Kigali (ULK) – was covered by Rwanda Television, and showed the country some of the things that ULK and The UNGANA Foundation are doing to enable progress.
We got the chance to showcase some of the XO laptop activities that the children at the E.P.GI Primary School have been working on over the last couple of weeks, and it was honestly amazing to hear the reaction of the crowd when one of our students logged onto her XO, opened the Web browser, and searched for images of Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame. She then wowed them with her ability to copy an image to the clipboard and paste it in a text document, then write a sentence about the President.
That’s after two weeks of having the XO for one hour per day.
This is a perfect example of the limitless opportunities that come as a result of the XOs. The kick-off event began a process that – with the guidance of The UNGANA Foundation, the teachers, school officials, and the entire community – has the ability to transform these children’s education.
Power into the hands of those that crave it.
The UNGANA Foundation
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
The deployment in Goma (Congo) is coming along as well. Although many officials and members of the media are excited for the project, it has been a wild two weeks in Goma.
This week, President Kabila arrived in Goma and will be here for two weeks. Kabila is the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and it has been quite the spectacle. Kabila is rarely in Goma and the streets are lined with thousands of soldiers armed with AKs and rocket launchers. June 30 was the Independence Day in Congo and these soldiers were in formation as a part of a parade and celebration on the streets of Goma.
Despite the hectic environment, the planning for the deployment has been going quite well. A classroom is available at the district offices and the Education Privet (Director of Education in Goma) along with UNHCR is helping with a choice of the initial primary school.
The Ungana Foundation and students from the University of Kinshasa (involved in OLPC Corps) have extensive plans for the deployment including the children designing their own schoolhouse on the XO computers that will then be constructed by the Ungana Foundation.
The Ungana Foundation