Share your ideas and experience on obtaining computers and starting computer classes for primary school children

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Computers are becoming an essential part of modern life, so we would like to start teaching our children basic computer skills. We have teachers who are able to do that, and we have electricity. But we don't have any computers.


* Do you have practical experience of setting up a computer room at a school, especially one in a developing country?

* Do you teach computer skills to primary-age children, including those who have no previous computer experience?

* Other than finding computers, what other issues do we need to consider?

* Do you know organisations or companies we could approach about donating computers to the school?

Please share your experience and ideas with us!

I came across this site just now, so I'm not quite sure about what's asked of me, etc. However, i think i might be able to provide good answers to your questions. I'm quite enthousiastic about the idea, but there are many things to take into account!

* I currently work in IT and have done an internship for the leading IT-provider for primary schools in the Netherlands. I have no personal experience in setting up computer rooms in a developing country, however i think i have a good idea of things to keep in mind.
* Children usually turn out to be really fast learners, computer wise. Teaching computer skills would be no problem at all. Very soon, presumably, children will know lots more than their non-IT teachers.
* This is the most important and most difficult question to answer. In short, the answer is "Many things". You cannot 'just' place a lot of computers in a room, and hope it'll work. Things i can think of right now for example, are:
- Stable power supply. Computers absolutely require this, or they'll shut down constantly. This is annoying, and worse: in time destroy the computer's hard drive data, thus corrupting the software. There are solutions to this problem, though.
- Networking. Ethernet cables, a router and possibly multiple network switches will be necessary to set up a well functioning network. As an alternative, a wireless network could be set up. However, this is more error-prone.
- Internet. Lots of really useful information is available online. Would there be the possibility to set up an internet connection, computers would be far more useful to aid in the teaching process. Apart from acquiring computer skills, students would be able to find many interesting things. However, internet comes with certain dangers, viruses, hackers, etc.
- Licensing. Microsoft has programmes for developing countries, however, this should be looked into. As an alternative you could use a Linux Based OS. For example ubuntu has a derivative dedicated to schools (edubuntu).
- Spare parts. Computers break down all the time, and it would be a waste not to be able to repair them. Mainly hard disks, power supplies and main boards would be needed.
- Software maintenance. Who will be making sure the computers will remain to function for many years?
- Hardware maintenance. We live in a fast world. A 5 year-old computer would possibly do the job in a school, but an 8 year old computer won't. Computers require replacement every so many years.

* I could look for contact details of the company i did my internship. Please contact me if interested. Also, i'll be reading here.


HI Erik thanks so much for the massege wehave teachers and other experienced people who can help to keep the computers and repairing them. we also have electricity at school which is stable and hope to connect the computers on internet because their is alot on internet to be learnt.We need also to handle the computers well so that we can keep them for along time
Thank you so much for the advise and caring for mityana may th LORD bless ou
i well come any comment ant any question


1*** how many computers are there? Less than 12? And do you need internet? If yes you may need
i. One Land Line with Internet. (ISP)
ii. One Modem
iii. One Switches(12 ports)
iv. Cables
v. Power supply Points.

2***Start with MS paint
i. handling mouse
ii. basic open, save, copy, paste and shape.
iii. fun
iv. ***** if the children are doing good, going with with text(note pad). Basically good for foundation to teach MS Office.

3*** Hardware (repairing), software(installing)
i. repairing and upgrading
ii. software installing and maintaining.

4*** No Idea
but should collecting the old PC.(usually people are not repairing because they don't know or the price are high) But usually the computer are not badly spoil and just they don't know. Should collect even how old is the PC. If you do not have the people for pc repairing, train the people who is able to catch first. Try to download e-book regarding PC repairing. Other hand search from google.

You can sent me the email directly if you need or feel my advice are workable. Hope help a bit. my email is


Hi Cholay hope you are doing well now thanks for the massege and now how can we get those things
do you have any organisation that can do it for us stay well hope to hear from you


Dear Sarah,
Sorry for bad news. I have no idea for the organization. Because I am staying in Malaysia. But I'll keep in eye on it Sarah. If I have positive news, I'll let you know. I've put some links below. But do not put too much for it. At least try it on.

Call 800-CRISTINA (1-800-274-7846)
Call directly to (203) 967-8000, or fax to (203) 406-9725.
Web site:
Mail: National Cristina Foundation, 181 Harbor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902-7474.

Try out those and get idea from them.