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Introducing Technology to
Tanzania


The
Mkombozi

(Redeemer) Montessori Pre
-
Primary School

Mbagala
-
Chamazi
, Tanzania, East Africa

July/August 2013



The
Nangwanda

Secondary School

Newala
, Tanzania, East Africa

February 2012/October 2012

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2012 Project Origin

Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, had attended the 2009 WISE Summit in Qatar, where Sister
saw a presentation given by Dr. Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Dean of the
Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, California and Founder of the Seeds of
Empowerment, a non
-
governmental organization based in California on the
TeacherMates
,

entitled “Pocket School: Exploring Mobile technology as a sustainable education option for
underserved children.”


After hearing the presentation, Sister Francesca, as Chair (2002
-
2011) of the IAUP/UN
Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace and Executive
Committee member, IAUP (International Association of University Presidents) felt that Dr.
Kim’s innovative use of technology would be a good idea for the Commission’s new project.


Upon her return from Qatar, Sister Francesca contacted Dr. Paul Kim inquiring if he would be
interested in collaborating in a project using the technology he spoke of at the WISE Summit.
Dr. Kim was on board so the next step was to find a suitable host for such a project. Jennifer
Andrews, an alumna of Holy Family University and graduate student at Holy Family
University, had kept in contact with a former Peace Corps volunteer. This volunteer was
Jennifer Harding, who had since founded
Jiamini
, a non
-
profit with the mission of providing
orphaned and vulnerable children in southern Tanzania (
Newala
) with a quality local education
and a safe living environment, empowering them to become self
-
reliant members of their
communities.







The goal of this February 2012 project was to provide educational assistance and offer English
language instruction through the use of
TeacherMates

and cell phones/smart phones for 140 Swahili
native speaking children ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old, who attend the
Nangwanda

Secondary School in
Newala
, a Southern Tanzanian province of
Mtwara
.


The
TeacherMates

contained critical thinking assessment tools,
Storymaker

for literacy development
and math games. The phones contained the SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry
-
based Learning
Environment) application for teaching, learning, and assessment to be used in multiple subjects;
piano; guitar; English phonics; early literacy story books; video/photo camera; Blackboard learning
management system; and NBC news reports
. A
1001 Global peace storytelling workshop

was also
conducted.


















2012 Project Goal and Host

Team Leaders

Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD,
President, Holy Family University,
Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania








Dr. Paul Kim, PhD, Chief Technology
Officer and Assistant Dean of the
Graduate School of Education,
Stanford University, California and
Founder of the Seeds of
Empowerment, a non
-
governmental
organization based in California

2012
Newala

Project Partners

Jennifer Harding,


Founder and Country
Director,
Jiamini








2012
Newala

Team Members



Mr. Alexander Bonk, Director of Multimedia, Seeds of Empowerment


Ms
. Elizabeth Buckner, doctoral student, Stanford University, California and Regional
Director


Middle East, Seeds of
Empowerment


Ms. Jennifer Harding, Founder and Country Director,
Jiamini


Ms
.
Arafeh

Karimi
, Director of International Relations, Seeds of
Empowerment


Dr. Paul Kim, PhD, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
of Education, Stanford University, California and Founder of the Seeds of Empowerment,
a non
-
governmental organization based in California


Ms
.
Neha

Mehta, Senior Marketing Manager, International Marketing Team, Blackboard,
Inc.


Mr
. James Miller, Director


Task based Learning
Project


Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD, President, Holy Family University


Mr.
Nikodem

Rybak
, doctoral student, University of Warsaw,
Poland


Team members, faculty, staff and students at the
Nangwanda

Secondary School.

Dr. Paul Kim during classroom instruction with the students of the
Nangwanda

Secondary School.

Sister Francesca during
classroom instruction with the

students
of the
Nangwanda

Secondary
School.

Introducing the TeacherMates to the Nangwanda
Secondary School students.

Students
at the
Nangwanda

Secondary
School

using smart phones.

Jennifer Harding,
Jiamini

Founder and Country Director,
working with a small group of
Nangwanda

Secondary
School students.

The team takes questions from the
Nangwanda

Secondary
School students
.

The team working with the
Nangwanda

Secondary School
students.

The
Nangwanda

Secondary School students work in small
groups with the devices.

Sister Francesca is pictured (right to left) with Mr.
Issa

Kassim
, headmaster,
and Mr. Hosea
Mnyalape
, faculty member, along with students from the
Nangwanda

Secondary School.

A follow up visit to the
Nangwanda

Secondary School in October 2012
included meeting with the school’s key faculty/administration and
members of
Jiamini
.

The follow
up visit to
the
Nangwanda

Secondary School in
October
2012 gave Dr. Kim an opportunity to trouble
-
shoot any equipment
concerns over the past eight months.

Additional Android phones were provided to the
Nangwanda

Secondary School during the follow
up visit
in
October
2012.

During his follow
-
up trip to the
Nangwanda

Secondary School in
October 2012, Dr. Paul Kim (pictured right) presented a Storytelling
competition award and gave 60 copies of

1001 Story books to the school.

2013 Project Origin


Based
on the success of the first
project,
Sister Francesca and Dr. Paul Kim, felt that this
innovative use of technology would be a wonderful resource to use to pursue another
similar project. Sister Francesca located a suitable host for such an undertaking through
her working relationship with the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer. The Sisters of the Holy
Redeemer have been in Tanzania since 1958 providing for the healthcare and educational
needs of the people. The Sisters continue to minister to those needs in the name of the
Redeemer.
The
Mkombozi

(Redeemer) Montessori Pre
-
Primary School is led by Sister
Berntraud

Schreck
, CSR, School Administrator and Mr.
Novatus

Mmochi
, Assistant
School Administrator. The local contact is Sister Anne Marie Haas, CSR, Provincial
Superior, American Province.



The
combined teams worked well together to pool their resources and expertise to
provide for training of teachers, hands
-
on sessions for students, equipment preparation
and multiple research endeavors.




2013
Project Goal and Host

The goal of this
July/August 2013
project was to provide educational assistance and
enhance English language learning through the use of Android tablets for 200 Swahili
native and English speaking children ranging in age from 3 to 8 years old, who attend the
Mkombozi

(Redeemer) Montessori Pre
-
Primary School in
Mbagala

Chamazi
,
Tanzania.


The team worked with all of the teachers to instruct them on teaching critical thinking and
questioning skills with the SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry
-
based Learning Environment)
application. The teachers and the team were then charged with sharing these skills and
strategies with the rest of the students. The Android

devices contained the SMILE
application for teaching, learning, and assessment to be used in multiple subjects; English
phonics; math and numeracy; creative arts and early literacy story books; and video/photo
camera
.

2013
Chamazi

Project Partners

Sister Anne Marie Haas,

CSR
Provincial Superior,

American
Province,

Sisters
of the Holy Redeemer

2013
Chamazi

Team Members


Dr
. Lisa Griffin, PhD, Chief Program Development and Research Officer, Seeds of
Empowerment


Dr. Kimberly
Heuschkel
,
EdD
, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Holy Family
University


Ms. Pamela Levin, Instructional Technology Associate, Stanford University and
Principal
Project Lead, Field Operations and Technology, Seeds of Empowerment


Sister Francesca
Onley
, CSFN, PhD, President, Holy Family University


Ms. Rosemary
Parmigiani
, Instructor, School of Education, Holy Family University


Ms. Suzanne
Sim
, Volunteer, Seeds of Empowerment


Ms.
Neha

Taleja
, Executive Director, Seeds of Empowerment


The
Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary
School shows their
excitement for the arrival of the team.

Students of the
Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary
School
using an Android tablet.

The
Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary School

students
gathered for morning exercises and songs.

Team members, faculty, staff and students at the

Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary School.

Introducing the Android tablets to the

Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary
School faculty and staff.

Team members, faculty, staff and students at the

Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary
School.

The
Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary School
students
play the drums during morning songs.

The
Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary School
first grade
students work in pairs to use the Android tablets to practice
literacy and mathematics skills by writing their letters and
numbers.



Dr
. Kimberly
Heuschkel
,
EdD
, Assistant Professor,

School
of Education, Holy Family
University


Traveling to Tanzania to work at the
Mkombozi

Montessori Pre
-
Primary
School was a transformational
experience.


The enthusiasm of the teachers and
the students made us feel at home
immediately


our conversations
quickly went from “here and now” to
“when we return next year…”


Their commitment to education was
unparalleled and allowed our team to
use the Android tablets and software
applications to exchange ideas

and enhance our communication

across cultures.


Ms. Rosemary
Parmigiani
,
EdD

Candidate,

Instructor, School of Education, Holy Family University





Pictured left to right:

Ms. Pamela Levin, Instructional Technology Associate, Stanford University and
Principal
Project Lead, Field Operations and Technology, Seeds of
Empowerment;
Dr. Lisa Griffin,
PhD, Chief Program Development and Research Officer, Seeds of
Empowerment;

Ms
.
Neha

Taleja
, Executive Director, Seeds of
Empowerment.


Pictured left to right:

Mr.
Baydon

Amran
, Teacher and Assistant Head Administrator;

Sister
Berntraud

Schreck
, CSR, School Manager;

Mr.
Novatus

Mmochi
, Head School Administrator

Sister Francesca presenting a certificate of achievement
to
teachers at
Mkombozi

Pre
-
Primary School
for successfully completing
the SMILE
and technology training
program.

Funders

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