Monday, February 23, 2015

E-READER LAUNCHED @ RUBANDA SOLIDARITY SCHOOL FEB. 5-7 2015

It’s wonderful to see how technology is changing rural Rubanda community. Two years ago, Rubanda Solidarity Association ventured in introducing tech books in her school known as Rubanda Solidarity Nursery and Primary School. The process has been slow but sure with a pilot project started with a donation of five E-Reader books (Kindles) by a generous family in 2013 from Grants Pass in USA. They were loaded with 100 books each. The goal of the project was to find out how rural students would perceive tech books and what kind of impact it would make in improving their reading passion in a population that does little.

 A year later, the results were overwhelmingly surprising. There was high demand for more E- reader books to carter for the big number of growing interests of students in the school to a point of scrambling to have a look. Another generous family from Grants Pass donated more six E-reader books that were loaded with 150 books each. The demand of more E-Readers became clear evidence that the project was very interesting to the kids. But what remained to be proved out was to what extent would be the impact as regards quality education that is being spearheaded by Rubanda Solidarity School in the community. Indeed, the impact has already been felt by the superseding numbers of students and teachers interested the devices and the mastery of the usage. With this good news, Yamba Abaana USA, which is a support organization to Rubanda Solidarity, began a fundraising project for more 50 E-Reader books loaded with 200 books each.

 The fundraising project was completed at the beginning of 2015 when Yamba Abaana USA went ahead to organize a partnership with Worldreader organization that spearheads the E-Reader program  to purchase the devices, load them with 200 suitable books each and ship them to Rubanda Solidarity School in South Western Uganda in a little village of Rubanda. Few days later, the books arrived safely in Uganda and were delivered to the school. The Worldreader in partnership with Rubanda Solidarity then organized a project launch of which the Worldreader director of Easter African projects Joan Mwachi animated the training that took place between Feb. 5-7 culminating in a vibrant and transformational Launching Day at Rubanda Solidarity School.

At the Launching, the director of the school Rev. Fr. Dominic who was so excited to see the project standing on its feet thanked all those who made the project possible and the day what it was. He welcomed all present including government, religious and community leaders saying that it was historical in Rubanda to have a day like this talking about technology books. In a special way, he thanked the Yamba Abaana USA, Worldreader, Rubanda Solidarity, the Community, and all those present who converged to grace the Launching Day.

 The Director appealed for extra responsibility from the school administration, students and the community in caring for the E-Readers because they were the community's property to benefit everyone in a long run. They are a fruit of many generous people's sweat. Fr. Dominic also requested for more cooperation from parents and all present to seek quality education for children that is a life transforming power to come out of chronic poverty eating up the community.  He emphasized that investing in equal education for both boy and girl child is one of the hinges of Rubanda Solidarity and we have to work together to attain this goal. It’s the only way of rubbing out stereotypes attitudes of injustices between men and women in the community. He requested them to look at the school enrollment on the notice board and see how the numbers between boys and girls are now almost drawing equal.

 Once again thank you so much for having labored so hard to make this project possible and to you who is contemplating how to help, you are welcome aboard.

 Please follow the occasion through the photos of the training and launching activities. 


Teachers on E-reader training Feb. 5/2015
Managers: From L-R Rogers, Immaculate and Innocent Feb. 2015



On Training: Front L Tr. Amos (dean) C Tr Joy ( Nursery deputy) and Innocent H/T

Trainer Ms Joan with some of the Teachers on training


Head Teacher gets involved in the Kindle Training class


Everybody is excited by the E-Reader divice



Upper school grades (5-7) on Training

Students can't wait handling an E- Reader during the training

Joan animating the training class

Some of the basic questions of the training


Joan trains Bon. as a trainee.

H/T takes the centra stage for training

Bon. enter into a training session


One of the Mangers, Immaculate training the students





Black boards, chocks and sponges
are still a common  tools in a class in ugandan schools

Trainees ready to train 



Students get a chance to touch the E-Readers
for the first time in the life time

Joan and the Trainees combine effors for excellent delivery to students



Teacher Amos supervises the students on training

The training was really fun

Excited kids on seeing the ipad light up

They can't believe what they are seeing. "Its amazing", they screemed.

Blessing every successful activity is an African wisdom to future success.
A student animates the school chior during a launching prayer services

Celebrating the E-Reader Launching Service with the district's
 local chairman representative Mary  and
 renowned community leader Mrs Topista present.

Some of the religious, friends and
community members present on attending the launching.

Children like fun. Its better remembered.

Fr. Dominic and Director of the school confering Certificates to the trainees.


Professor and Engineer Sabit addressing the community
on new opportunities of technology books in Rubanda.


Former directress and co-founder of the school Sr Stellamaris
 and her succeessor Sr Beatrice present on the launching ceremony.

The Guest of Honor Ms Mary c- next to
East African Worldreader Director L-
admiring the E-Reader initative in Rubanda.


The incumbent school directress Sr. Anamary
 addresses the visitors on the launching day.

The PTA Chairperson Mr. Xavier addressing the particpants 


The School Management Chair person Sr. Stellamaris
 addresses the public on the vision of the school.

The Guest of honor Ms Mary takes up the stage 

The Guest of honor invites the parents of  Fr. Dominic
 for recognition for a job well done in upbringing and educating
Father Dominic who is the founder and director of the school
that is transforming the community

The parents of Fr. Dominic (C) gracing the occasion

The Guest of Honor  handing over certificates to the
best school performers of PLE as the director looks on

Ms Peace L- joins the E-Reader trainees 

The School Director Fr. Dominic Joins
the trainees for a group photo after the training

The best students on the training

Girls can also perform just as  excellent as boys when it comes to technology

Boy students proud of being themselves to a bright future


This students wants to reach high with techology.
 " I can't wait to read all the books in my Kindle",
he exclaims as he returns it into its cage. 


Bright women of tomorrow put their hands on technology
.

Very inspiring new teacher Amos admires
 the new E-Reader opportunity in his own life.

The school bursar R and administrators being introduced
 into a new accounting  policy for better financial management and transperancy.

The RSDA's new accountant Mr.Tadeo briefing the administration of his expectations.

Kids who gaze at their bright future with confidence.
They need true parental guidance to their  destiny.

Community Leaders of tomorrow are today's children at our school

How wonderful is God in his creatures. Kids are perfect images of God.

The director joins the school administration and
 the PTA executive for a group photo
after their regular to deliberate on school matters

The DAILY School Board register of attendance Feb, 10th 2015

PTA executive surveys a proposed land for a new nursery school construction

PTA surveying for a suitable land for nursery construction.


Kids just love fun no matter where


Innocent as he looks, he is trully God's image


The director enjoys a photo with the school kids
Look at how fun great kids can be at our school


E-Reader books are not only admired by kids.
Its atransformational tool of everyone.

Enjoy fun

Enjoy the african art of  free smile


What's there that moves you to smile? The future is great.


Here, suffocation is of highest risk because of
 lack of enough room for social moments



Tomorrow is made up of today's pieces


Lucky kids enjoy happy rear moments with their school
director who is a Missionary in the US.
They are Kids whose imagination is full of hope and wonder.
 The want to be great.


Happiness is a gift to pass on to others -the little ones


How important we are meant to be to each other in this world!
We need to shelter one another regardless of  age and place.

Schoolife is essential in a child's life today.
Ther are many poor kids who miss the opportunity in Uganda.
Their parents or extended families can't just afford any school expense.

These are some of the few children in Uganda
who smile, many live with tears of extreme poverty.


Proud of being in a good school

Ms Leticia, on the machine is one of the successful trainees
of Rubanda Solidarity in life skills who never stops 
being grateful of the opportunity he learned serveral years ago.
She depends on that skill for a living. She also serves the school by making the uniforms.


See the beauty of growign up. Along the way, we lose
so many things but remain proud to the future.