An injection of a
handful of notebooks and tablets, two smart boards and eight laptops should
meet the challenge teachers face in working with children with special needs.
The possibilities are innumerable. It is not only that simple education games
will engage the children and help them to learn better. Rather, a smartboard
would also serve the purpose of “painting with one’s own hands” and make the
children realize that they will be able to “make things happen” when they touch
the smartboard screen or go from icon to icon.
The goal of the project
is to help 125 children of the Rokana Basic School in Kitwe to learn more
effectively by using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as
smartboards and tablets. The programme also includes the training of 40
teachers in how to use ICT with special needs children as well as the training
of approximately 200 teachers in the use of smart boards.
Rokana Basic School
in Kitwe stands out in Zambia. It is one of a handful of schools with a Special
Needs Unit for children with learning disabilities. Its principal, Mr Mwansa,
has a long-cherished dream: to furnish one room in the Special Needs Unit with
equipment that would open up a whole new (virtual) world for these children. At
the end of 2011, Rokana Basic School teamed up with around 20 other local
schools in the area through the Mpelembe Basic Schools partnership. Through
this partnership, teachers from Mpelembe Secondary school, showed teachers from
several local basic schools how they can use ICT to liven up their lessons. For
example, through videos, interactive computer games, and Power Point
presentations. Joining the partnership has also brought Mr Mwansa one step
closer to realizing his dream.