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MOBILE COMPUTER LAB

Mobile computer lab;

A program under PEN Tanzania, established in the year 2013 with its main focus on teaching public primary school pupils on basic practical computer knowledge (ICT), and how they can use this technology to learn more about other lessons like Mathematics, English, nature and so forth.We teach pupils from class five to seven who belong in the age group of 11-15.

Vision

Ensure every school in the primary education system in Tanzania has sufficient ICT equipment’s and teaching capacity.

Mission

Prepare a generation of pupils through ICT trainingwith the purpose of creating equal opportunity and bridging the existing gap.

Mode of Operation

PEN Tanzania does this program on voluntary basis from its founders and members who are well educated on the issues of ICT. All members have gone through a Training of Trainers course (ToT), which qualifies them to be in a better position of teaching pupils and their teachers on basic computer lessons. Our mobile computer lab can work concurrently with many schools. Apparently we work with various schools in Dar essalaam Region, where we move from one school to another with our own computers to train pupils about technology (ICT).

This is how we work;

  • We conduct training sessions (ToT) for computer teachers in a selected school on the usage of computer and favorable ways of reaching out to the pupils on computer skills. Teacher’s ToT session usually covers a period of 3 months.
  • We (PEN Tz) volunteer to teach pupilson computer skills (theory & practical) using the government syllabus over a period of one year in a selected school covering class 5 to 7 using our own available computers/laptops.
  • Our lessons take place thrice a week in a school depending on the school’s timetable
  • Upon mutual agreement with stakeholders, we help the school to establish a permanent computer laboratory for its pupils, which will be managed by the school itself under our supervision.
  • Upon successful program implementation, we move to the next identified school(s).

Why Mobile Computer Lab?

PEN Tanzania did a random survey on computer lessons and their availability in public primary schools in Dar es Salaam. These were the results;

  • Public primary schools do not have special rooms/labs for computer lessons
  • There are no computers in public primary schools
  • Teachers do not have sufficient teaching skills on the basic computer lessons
  • For the schools where computer lessons are taught, it’s more of theories and not practical lessons
  • Public school systems does not prioritize ICT education at the same level as their counter parts in private schools
  • Lack of accountability around ICT education in public schools.

Sustainability of the program:

Upon mutual agreement with stakeholders, we help the school to establish a permanent computer laboratory for its pupils, which will be managed by the trained ICT school teachers with frequent monitoring and evaluation from PEN Tanzania.