Antonio López García-Nieto
Dominik Maximilián Ramík
The intention of the present project is to help the school recover from damages suffered during the last year cyclone, when some of its precious equipment was lost and to improve access of the students and the teachers to computer technology.
The project is twofold.
1) The school wishes to complete the computers currently existing in its computer lab in order to allow the students to work each on his own machine during the classes to improve the effectiveness of the IT education the students receive. Ten computers would fulfill this mission.
2) The second intent is to equip the school library with computers. Currently, students and teachers use the books of the large school library as a valuable source of information, but giving access to computers equipped with proper educational software would greatly improve educational and self-growth possibilities for both the teachers and the students and help them to prepare better for their classes. A total of 10 computers is estimated to be needed to do this efficiently. The reason for placing a separate cluster of computers in the library is to ensure that the students and teachers can access them the most often possible as the computers in the IT lab are often taken due to pending classes.
All the computers will become a part of the local network and benefit from the shared access to the internet the school is subscribed to and from access to the school server with many offline educational resources such as the Wikipedia, dictionaries, Khan Academy and an educational media library. Both the computer lab and the library are sufficiently equipped to protect the valuable technology from theft, weather conditions and electric current outages. The technical part of the project, i.e. installation, maintenance and continuous technical support will be ensured by a skilled IT professional working at the school.
13/4/2015 Patricia García NIeto wrote us exlaining about the Pam Cyclon, its consequences and help needed. Her cousin is in charge of the school, Brother Antonio Garcia-Nieto. He lives in the mission at LOWANATOM, Tanna Island, destroyed after the cyclon.
Boys and girls dorms were also destroyed as well as study rooms, eating rooms, kitchen, capentry and sawing rooms, the small library and the nurse's office. Other 4 dorm rooms for the missionaries and the church were damaged too.
In October 2016, after school rebuilding after the cyclon, they are ready to receive laptops. Some travelers are expected in Spring 2017. Dominik Ramik is going back to Vanuatu for good after Cameroun and will work on the IT project.
In 2017 22 laptops have been sent to Vanuatu.
In 2018 they had a small cyclon again with not much damage. Another set of 24 laptops is needed to replace some old laptops they had from a French association donation.
Additional information about language(s):
The school is French speaking and a part of the French school system in Vanuatu (the country has also a parallel English school system). All material sent should be preferably in French localization and with French socket type.
Internet connection type:
Internet additional notes:
School is subscribed to an internet connexion, which is distributed internally over Ethernet and WiFi networks.
Date it was created: 16/06/15/ Date it was last updated: 12/04/18
[Story by Dominik Maximilián Ramík (Tanna Island), with small editorial changes by Janice Wong (New Zealand).]
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