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  • Tablet Donations Ushers in New Era for Schools

    By Tuma Abdallah, 28 January 2014
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    Tanzania Daily News

    A NEW era dawned in Tanzania's digital education landscape on Monday when a programme that aims at providing secondary school students with tablets pre-loaded with educational materials was launched. The programme's ultimate goal is to provide each secondary school student in the country with a tablet to enable them access educational materials electronically. It will be implemented by the government and an American NGO -- Opportunity Education (OE). Implementation will begin with a pilot phase in 10 secondary schools on Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, which will involve provision of about 1,100 tablets pre-loaded with Science, Mathematics, Geography and History materials for Form Two students. Each Form Two student in those schools will get one tablet, according to Tablet Manager from the foundation's office in Tanzania, Ms Sandra Tetty. The donation makes Tanzania the first country in the world to receive the tablets under the OE educational support programme, which earmarks 34 countries around the globe. Launching of the programme involved handing over of 61 tablets to WAMA Nakayama Girls Secondary School at Nyamisati in Rufiji District by OE Founder, Mr Joe Ricketts. They were received by the Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa and WAMA Chairperson, Mama Salma Kikwete. Mr Ricketts pledged a further donation of tablets for the entire school. Dr Kawambwa hailed the donation, saying it was a valuable support to the government in its effort to improve the quality of education in the country through technology. He noted that when rolled out throughout the country, the programme would go a long way toward addressing the shortage of teachers and text books in secondary schools. The minister said his ministry had prepared science and mathematics content for secondary schools, which would be loaded into the tablets ready to be used by the students, while efforts to digitalise materials for other subjects go on. This would entail replacement of the content in the donated tablets, which according to Ms Tetty, is about 60 per cent relevant to the country's O level and A level syllabuses. "We are committed in this. We have started and there will be no going back," said the minister, adding that the government was also planning to use Tele-Presence technology in which one teacher can teach students in different schools connected to the system at the same time. He said on Tuesday he would launch a small model of the technology, which would be used to smoothen operations at his ministry. Dr Kawambwa commended Mama Salma and WAMA for being a "shoulder on which to lean" in the effort to promote education, especially targeting disadvantaged children. President Jakaya Kikwete met with Mr Ricketts at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, where he thanked the OE Founder for supporting development of the country's education sector.


    The president underscored the importance of science and technology for development, saying he strongly believed that the use of tablets in secondary schools would help address various challenges facing the sector. The customised Opportunity Education Tablets are fitted with simplified features that allow easy access of the content and uploading of any other educational materials. They also have long battery life. Beneficiaries of the pilot phase will be Form Two students at Ilboru, Mzumbe, Msalato, Fidel Castro (Pemba), WAMA Nakayama (Coast), Bwiru Boys, J Ossian (Bukoba), Laureatte (Zanzibar), Notredame (Arusha) and Tusiime (Dar es Salaam). The 10 schools are part of 33 secondary schools which have been receiving support from OE. 01/27/14 Dar es Salaam Tanzania: President Kikwete and his wife received EQUIPMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF SUPPORT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY TO UNITED STATES EDUCATION FOUNDATION


    Joe Ricketts

    President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was receiving team jerseys of Chicago Cubs baseball from the team owner and chairman of the educational institution to help the American Opportunity Education Mr. Joe Ricketts when they visit her at the White House Sunday, January 27, 2014.


    Joe Ricketts

    President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete receives one of Tabuleti 61 for students of Form II at the School of mother Nakayama existing remote Nyamisati, Rufiji, Coast from the Chairman of the organization to support education for Opportunity Education of America Mr. Joe Ricketts when they visit her at the White House Sunday, January 27, 2014. Picture and the White House.


    Joe Ricketts

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    Joe Ricketts

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