School Computer Lab and Internet Access
In 2010, a “model school committee” was created under the leadership of the school’s director, Schemeles Brile, with the goal of identifying the direction for action and the role that C-GSCA’s Education Work Group might play in bringing Tsadiku Yohannes School to a “model school” status. One of the four main priorities was computer literacy for both teachers and students alike.
During the following year (2011), Mr Brile and his teachers designated space for a computer/IT classroom on the school’s premises. He also agreed to have the classroom painted, computer desks constructed and installed, and wiring completed for approximately 20 computers. C-GSCA’s Education Work Group agreed to supply the classroom with computers and to fund computer training for a selected number of TY teachers. Initially, the Education Work Group located 11 used computers (previously shipped by container the previous year). These computers were refurbished by staff from Tsedale Nega Technology College in Gondar, who also provided the computer training. The Ministry of Education would provide an IT instructor.
In Fall 2012, the Education Work Group brought an additional 7 laptop computers resulting in a total of 18 computers in the IT classroom. Difficulty in hiring a qualified IT instructor was discovered , even though the computer classroom was being used by teachers and students on their own. Unfortunately, an added problem existed with the absence of internet connectivity. After several meetings with administrators from both TY school and the Gondar Ministry of Education, a formal contractual agreement was signed with C-GSCA’s Education Work Group funding the networking of all computers and installation of internet connectivity provided that an IT instructor would be recruited and hired. Once a hiring occurs, then the Education work group would also fund monthly internet costs for the next 18 months, after which time the school district would include these costs into the school’s budget.
In late February, 2013, the Ministry of Education met their responsibility by hiring an IT teacher for TY School. The Education Work Group will now release the funds for the next 18 months of internet fees. Goals met! Now the goal is to eventually replace all current computers with new ones.