Computers for Rural Schools Project

The Education Concern Center has taken on a new initiative to help bring modern educational tools to rural schools where many students have never seen a real computer.

As you know, the Education Concern Center (ECC) works to support rural and remote schools in many different parts of Nepal. ECC is working primarily in the areas of:

  • Teacher Training
  • Provision of Teaching Materials
  • Support for Small Construction Projects
  • Education Awareness Programming
  • Provision of a daily meal

Many rural children have never seen a computer let alone do they know how to use one. This puts them at a big disadvantage among their peers in more urban areas. Because of this, ECC has decided to provide computers if the local community and school staff manage electricity and rooms. So far, three schools have showed their commitment and prepared a lab room where the computers will be housed.

ECC has registered a fundraising project at Betterplace.org to help raise funds for the needed computers and continue support for placement of additional computers in schools located in the most rural and remote areas of Nepal.

We hope that you will consider supporting this worthwhile project.

You can access the project via this link:

Computers for Rural Schools Project

There are several things that you can do to help!

1. ADVOCATE - At Betterplace.org, advocates are people who are familiar with an organization's work who can write a short recommendation to help validate the work of this organization as genuine. It helps to create trust. If you have been to Nepal (or live there) and are familiar with the work of ECC - you can also register a recommendation as a VISITOR.

2. EMAIL - Emailing your friends is one of the most effective ways to let others know about projects and activities that are important to you. Share information with them about ECC, the work they are trying to do and ask them if they would be willing to donate.

3. SHARE- Share the direct link to the project. There's many places you can do this - be creative! Put it in your email signature, share it as a status update on your instant messenger, Twitter or Facebook. The direct link is: http://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/7355-computer-for-rural-schools

4. BLOG- Donate a blog post - Betterplace.org offers widgets that can be added to a blog. You can also write up your own post. Every bit of help ECC receives in getting the word out about this project makes a difference.

5. CREATE A FUNDRAISING EVENT- Betterplace.org now also offers the opportunity for you to create an individual fundraising event to help ECC reach it's fundraising goal. You might consider donating your birthday - instead of gifts, ask your friends to donate toward ECC reaching their fundraising goal.

As you can see, there's lots of ways you can get involved. We really hope that you do. If you do-please don't forget to tell us about it! Your help matters. Thank you in advance for your support!

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This is an ideas/project that most people need in my village. I pray the Lord shall just guide me on it.

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Self-supported Schools training Self-supported Students
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They should be established everywhere. Education/training is the only solution to poverty and population growth.

A CD holds 650 MB. The Bible is 1.4 MB. Therefore, a CD holds 464 copies of the Bible. A DVD holds 3,000 copies of the Bible. A dual layer DVD holds 6,000 copies of the Bibles. DVDs should be loaded with educational materials: books, videos, Bible studies, etc. I have DVDs on farming and many others subjects for US50¢ each. Just imagine what would happen if every school in the bush of Africa, the jungles of Latin America and the mountains of Asia had a DVD library to use for teaching and training. The internet is not necessary and is expensive in some areas. People can study for hours on a computer [home, office, cybercafé, etc] using DVDs. Use HTTrack website copier [free] to download websites into computers and on to DVDs. Those without electricity use a computer, internally altered, to operate directly on 12 v. from a battery with a solar charger [email for instructions]. This opens up a whole new way to teach. Thousands of DVDs are available on hundreds of subjects and many are free.
Nations University, nationsu.org: University courses for degrees. Arabic, Chinese, English, Español, Farsi, Français, Portugués. No tuition, free.

School in a Suitcase: http://winministries.org/website/index.php/nation2nation, a religious group, has hundreds of schools in many countries; over 100 in Cuba. A person with a computer [operating on 12 v.], printer and DVD library can travel from place to place, on a schedule, to teach and train people. This is a very simple, inexpensive, effective way to educate children, youth and adults Use a bicycle or a bicycle and trailer for transportation.

Weekend schools: In Athens, Greece, the school meets weekends only as the students are employed.

Mobile schools: In Vietnam, computer literacy is a luxury. The Dariu Foundation provides computer training to kids in remote villages using a mobile school equipped with computers, internet access and access to e-library containing DVDs in agriculture, animal feeding, etc. Not only kids but clients benefit from this school. Dariu.org

K-12 Schools: They should be established everywhere and self-sustaining. Every school needs a computer[s] and a DVD library for teaching students and training teachers. Parents could be required to volunteer at the school.

Jesusfilm.org/equipment explains various portable equipment.

Class schedule: Classes can meet mornings, afternoons, evenings and/or weekends.

teachamantofish.org.uk “Our organization helps kids from poor families across Africa, Asia and South America to get quality education. We work with schools to create new sources of income. Students get ‘hands-on’ involve-ment and learn practical skills and entrepreneurship”. teachamantofish.org.uk/school-box

 The Learning Farm, Indonesia. thelearningfarm.com
 S. F. Agriculture School, fundacionparaguaya.org.py/index.php?id=lo-que-hacemos. [English]
 eldeber.com.bo/extra/2008-01-27/nota.php?id=080128000444 Colonia Pirai high school, Bolivia
http://schoolatblairgrocery.blogspot.com [USA]
 auronepal.net [India]
 peas.org.uk/
 curriki.org [K-12]
 world-virtual-school.com
 inacol.org
 edublogs.org
 e-learningforkids.org [grades 1-6. English, Netherlands, Spanish, Portuguese]
 Khanacademy.org [free courses]
 School Project - self-sustaining. R Stiff ron@montebelloacademy.org [Ecuador]
 Chimala School [grades 1-12] is self-sustaining. chimala@sbcglobal.net [Tanzania]
 icr.org/essentials Creation science studies.
 barefootcollege.org
 olpcnews.com [laptop computers for children] olpcnews.com/content/ebooks/100_book_server_with_20000_books_4w_power_consumption.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OneLaptopPerChildNews+%28One+Laptop+Per+Child+News%29
Useful information

 Mini-farming: organic, no-till in permanent beds using a machete/maize cutter. Input cost is 0 except for seed and DIY bucket drip irrigation [US$3]. Minifarms Unlimited opportunities in every country.
 p4p.org [bicycles]
 villagebicycleproject.org
 bikesnotbombs.org
 mayapedal.org
 arapalgoatfarm.shutterfly.com [self-supporting students]
 compatibletechnology.org
 cd3wd.com [5 DVDs free to developing countries] Information for doing just about anything.
 thefullbellyproject.org/Products.aspx
 childrensbiblestudy.com
http://www.cityfarmer.info/2011/12/19/claudio-oliver-urban-farmer-in-bra...

Microloans: Students, after graduating, may need some funds for their farm or business. The model for that is: farmsinternational.com/FARMS-Sept11NL-What_is_wrong_with_microcredit.pdf [How to do it right]. farmsinternational.com/FARMS-Special_Edition-Nuts_and_Bolts.pdf

Microloans:
1. kiva.org
2. kirfindia.org
3. accion.org

Vocational & High Schools: They should be established and self-sustaining. Students train & work so may need more time to graduate. They graduate with a skill to make a good living.

Ken Hargesheimer, minifarms@gmail.com

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This is a very good project which must be embrace by all the people in Nepal and it's the similar project needed in Africa Uganda in particular to improve the education in rural areas.

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