The AIF is pleased and satisfied to have found an Angolan public sector entity, with the capacity to sustain this project in the long term and broaden its impact for the youth of Angola.
Since its creation at the end of 2009, AIF has looked for the best way to introduce a local One-Laptop-Per-Child (OLPC) strategy in Angola. To do so, we started a pilot project and found two schools interested in testing the XO and offering a new learning tool to their students. Dom Bosco schools fulfilled all our criteria. The schools are based in underprivileged areas of Angola where computer access is not easily available. The school’s leadership was open to new ideas and to cooperate with different sectors and, above all, they were committed to giving new opportunities to their students.
The AIF/Dom Bosco pilot project, which has been evaluated at the end of 2012, is on solid footing. An effective and extendable way to organize logistically the use of 350 Kamba Dyamis divided between 2 schools and 2 turns (morning and afternoon) for around 630 4th and 5th grade students was established. Entering the third year, the schools have doubled the total number of beneficiaries by integrating 3rd and 6th graders into this innovative methodology, which was invented by Nicolas Negroponte at MIT.
Equally important, the Kamba Dyami project succeeded in building the capacity necessary to sustain the project in the long term. Teachers received instruction and were trained in seminars and on the job. The necessary hardware and software technicians were recruited, a server was installed and programmers engaged in building the educational content to adapt it to the schools' curricula.
The AIF is specially proud that the very first OLPC manual in the portuguese language was created by Dom Bosco schools.
Kamba Dyami, which means "my friend" in Umbundu language, will now be scaled up by the Angolan Sovereign Wealth Fund, the FSDEA. In the years to come, other Dom Bosco schools in rural areas will be integrated in the project and benefit from the capacity built. Thousands of school children will learn to use computers and by bringing their laptops home, will have a siginificant effect on the computer literacy of their parents and relatives.