CiTA en PiVoT: April 2018

Two years ago the CiTA — Computers in Technical Applications — project started. Aim of this project is to let the students gain knowledge in controlling equipment using computers. In that way they become familiar with a variety of sensors and actuators — and the underlying physical principles  — as well as with the development of software for the communication of the computer with the ' surrounding world '. Writing software trains the student in analyzing technical problems and stimulates logical thinking.

Within the courses that have been developed for the project we use the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and a variety of electronic components ranging from LED's and sensors to a camera and a small programmable robot arm. The programming language used is Python — a very accessible programming language for students at high school level. For interested people a pdf version of the workshop handout is available under ' Documents ' on this website. For non-commercial use the document is available free of charge. Please include acknowledgement when it is distributed.

Like previous years several workshops have been given at Kalwala Secondary School. Especially the programming of the robot arm was a success. The students have enjoyed attending the workshop and worked with commitment on the different assignments.

Our ideal is that a course in this area will be offered as an (optional) subject at secondary schools in the future. This is also what happens elsewhere — particularly in Anglo-Saxon countries. For the time being the course is embedded in the JETS-club (Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists). The equipment has been donated to the club so that the students can work on new projects with the assistance of the school teachers.

The workshop was previously given at the University. Our intention was to do this again for the department where ICT teachers are trained. Unfortunately this had to be postponed since the University was temporarily closed because of the cholera outbreak elsewhere in the country.

 

The picture below shows the dining hall and the students getting their daily lunch. In addition to the use of the hall for lunches and evening meals (for the students that do not go home at night) the hall is important for social activities, exams and other events where the whole school is involved.

 

In the beginning only maize was grown in the school garden. Maize is the staple food in Zambia and is eaten both in the afternoon and in the evening. Since vegetables are an important part of the daily meal also cabbage has been planted now in the school garden. Other vegetables such as tomatoes, onions and different types of green leaves will follow.

 

The number of students at Kalwala Secondary School is increasing. That applies to both the academic and the vocational section. Altogether there are now about 350 students. Considering the number of pupils at the feeding primary schools an increase is foreseen for the next planning period of up to 400 a 450 students.  Therefor extra classrooms are being built now. The construction is being paid from contributions of the parents - no small task because after building the classrooms there come other expenses like furniture and teaching material. But education is considered important and therefore all contribute as they can. Our Foundation also hopes to contribute to the necessary growth of the school in the coming years.

October 2017

For some month now the school is officially registered (gazetted) as Kalwala High School. The school has the status of ‘boarding school’ but is also registered as ‘school for continuing education’. At the moment the boarding facilities are still limited but it is the intention to expand these in the future. A school for continuing education offers courses and training programs to adults; in our case these programs are in the same field as the regular high school courses.

The dining hall is used intensively. Not only for the lunches but also for all sorts of other activities. And since a hall of this size is rare in the region it can be rented out regularly. The additional income for the school is of course very welcome.

Because the dining hall does not have its own furniture yet our sister-foundation School Support & Beyond made a budget available to have a local carpenter construct tables and benches (see picture above). In this way not only the school gets the proper furniture but also local economic activities are supported.

 

The girls dormitory - a joint project of School Support & Beyond and SOZ - has been in use for some time now. It is a beautiful building and the sanitary facilities meet today's standards. In this way 36 girls have a comfortable and safe place to stay during the week days. The supervision they get in the dormitory also contributes to a good upbringing during the stage of life in which the girls are relatively vulnerable.

We hope to be able to make a start next year with a dormitory for the boys. Also for them a 'replacement home' is important.

 

May 2017

Because the number of students is increasing more furniture is needed. Not only for the classrooms but also for the dining hall. As much as possible local craftsmen are being involved in producing whatever is needed for the school or whenever maintenace is required.

The pictures show the local carpenter constructing sets of tables and benches for the dining hall.

Many of the local craftsmen are trained by the school itself. After their education a number of them start their own business. Of course they are happy with any work order they get - for instance from the school.
 

 

PiVoT: January 2017

The school has started again. The girls dormitory has been supplied with furniture in the form of bunk beds and lockers. As one of the visiting officials said: it has become a very nice building with modern sanitation and a practical interior; a facility that will give around 35 girls a safe and comfortable "home" from Monday till Saturday. However, it will not only be a place that gives safety but also a place in which the supervising staff contributes to the upbringing of the girls. And this contribution to the upbringing might be as important as the subjects taught in the school !

  

   

August 2016

The construction of the first dormitory has been completed (the picture shows the front view). It is expected that before the end of the year also the ablution block will be ready so that the first group of about 35 girls can accommodated.

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