COMPUTER DONATION (One Laptop One Dream Project)
Posted by David Mugume on Wednesday, 7 June 2017
On 2nd June 2017 a ceremony was held at the Runda Technical Secondary School in Kamonyi District for the donation of 50 computers to WDA by the South-South Education Foundation (SSEF) and its sister organization, the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC), based in Hong Kong. This was the result of an agreement reached last year between WDA and SSEF regarding the donation of computers through the One Laptop One Dream donation project. WDA subsequently selected two schools, the Runda Tss, Kamonyi district, and the Bushoki VTC, Rulindo district, as the beneficiaries and each school received 25 computers.
The donation is of all-in-one computers made by Lenovo with excellent storage and computing capability, complemented by features such as built-in wireless cards. The guest of honor, Hon. Tengera Francesca, a Member of Parliament in Rwanda, expressed her gratitude for the support given to WDA by SSEF, and thanked Ms. Suzan Zhao, the SSEF representative and the key person in this initiative, for her efforts in organizing the donation. She noted that the computers received by the students would help them acquire technological and IT skills as they pursue their training and research work. “I came to know SSEF officials through a Chinese friend and now you can see it has ended up with very good support to Rwandan youths,” she said. Hon. Tengera was the person who initiated the discussion with the One Laptop One Dream officials for this donation and she linked them with WDA management resulting in the agreement for the donation.
TThe Deputy Director General in charge of Corporate Services Mme Anne ABAKUNZI, thanked SSEF for donating the computers to WDA through the One Laptop One Dream project. She commented that the Ministry has initiated a policy where each TVET school must have a smart classroom (ICT lab). “These computers are a boost to the smart classroom policy, though we still need more computers to see it happen in all TVET schools,” she said. The representative of Kamonyi District Mr. Munyankindi Pierre Celéstin thanked SSEF for the donation to the schools and urged the students to make good use of their new computers.
The School Manager of Runda Tss, Mme Hortance Ingabire expressed her gratitude for the computers received and thanked the SSEF as the donating organization and also thanked WDA for having chosen her school among the many schools in TVET Education to benefit from this program. She promised to make sure the computers are well utilized and that the students truly benefit from using them.
T“ The school has 429 students and we only had 14 computers before, so this is a big boost to our training programs, since IT is a cross-cutting skill that is needed by students at all levels from regardless of what course the student is studying . The school offers computer sciences and computer applications and therefore maximum use of computers by these students is paramount for their training and research and I hope they are also happy now,” said Hortance.
The school Manager for Bushoki VTC, Mr. Richard Uwineza, also thanked WDA for choosing his school among the many to benefit from this project. “My students are basically adolescent girls, and now they will acquire ICT skills in addition to their basic training. This is the first ICT lab in our school,” said Richard. The donation ceremony came to a close with a performance of local cultural dances by students of Runda TSS.