On this page you will find an overview of our updates

Manual; Raspberry Pi intro

Project: CiTA - Date: 2018-04-15

Handout from the RP3 course 2018

Combine the practical with the pleasurable

Project: CiTA - Date: 2018-03-23

We were asked by the University of Nairobi to give the workshop that had been developed for Zambia also there. We were pleased to grant this request even though strictly speaking it was outside the objectives of the Foundation. In 2018 the first two workshops were given for 16 students at Master and Phd level. The workshops were very successful and will be repeated for a group of 32 students in 2019. The handout, as well as the powerpoint presentation of the lecture on robots and artificial intelligence, are available from this site.

Annual Report 2017

Project: General - Date: 2018-01-01

This report briefly looks back at 2017, SOZ's eighth year.

Kalwala High School

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2017-08-05

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.

Furniture

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2017-05-21

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.

"It has become a very nice building"

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2017-02-05

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 !

Annual Report 2016

Project: General - Date: 2017-01-01

This report briefly looks back at 2016, SOZ's seventh year.

Dormitory completed

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2016-08-30

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 .

Boarding facilities

Project: PiVoT - Date: 2016-04-22

Soon after the school in Kalwala had opened there was already a need for boarding facilities for the students. Some of them had to walk such large distances that it was virtually impossible to go home every day. Consequently they slept somewhere in the village from Monday till Friday and only spent the weekend at home. Sometimes the school could supply some store room but that situation was far from ideal - no bathroom, no supervision, clearly a risky situation. Initially highest priority was given to a dormitory for the girls. The general feeling amongst staff and parents however was that facilities for the boys were equally important. Once again, not only for reasons of comfort and hygiene but also because these youngsters are in a phase of life in which they need supervision and guidance.

Because the total cost for dormitories, furniture and ablution blocks was substantial the foundation School Support & Beyond and the Stichting Onderwijsprojecten Zambia decided to finance and manage the project together. The resulting 'dormitory project' has a duration of 2 years and a budget of 80.000 euro. It aims at the realization of a girls and a boys dormitory, each for 36 students. Hereby one should not only think of the physical facilities but also of the organizational structure to 'make the house into a home'.

The project started halfway February. The pictures show the progress of the construction halfway April. On the floor plan it is shown from which direction the photographs have been taken (the numbering corresponds to the photographs in reading sequence; by clicking on a specific photograph this one is shown in a separate window). As can be seen from the pictures only the bedrooms are being built. Toilets and washing facilities - the ablution block - will be constructed as a separate building. Construction of the ablution block will start immediately after completion of the dorm.

Annual Report 2015

Project: General - Date: 2016-01-01

This report briefly looks back at 2015, SOZ's sixth year.