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Lewa sponsored students will now have access to an offline technology that will change how they study and learn

February 04, 2016

An offline technology will now give Lewa-sponsored students access to a wide range of information to benefit their knowledge and understanding of school curriculum. 

One of the goals of Lewa's Digital Literacy Programme is to integrate technology with the school curriculum, and therefore help students get a deeper understanding of their various subjects. 

To actualise this, the team recently formed a partnership with World Possible, a non-profit based in San Francisco with operations in five countries, to introduce the RACHEL Project to our sponsored schools. RACHEL technology provides copies of educational websites and software to offline communities, creating a wide, accessible pool of information previously unavailable to these students. This technology is also free of charge, and can run on our available digital infrastructure. 

Simon, who leads the Lewa Digital Literacy Team, explains:
"It is such an exciting project. Many of us are easily able to connect to the web to acquire and share information on literally anything, quite contrary to the children in our sponsored schools. And now, we are hoping RACHEL demonstrates how technology can help shape learning, even to offline communities."

What a great way to learn! A student uses the RACHEL programme to study maths.

Simon and his team will be carrying out weekly, two-hour lessons on how to use RACHEL, beginning with a group of 20 students of Ntugi Secondary School. Initially, they will concentrate on maths and physics, and assess how the students fair in these subjects during subsequent exams. For primary school, 40 students from Lewa School will participate. 

Simon says:
"It will be fascinating to see what we discover with time. We can already sense the excitement among the students and the teachers, and we are hoping that e-learning will eventually become a fully integrated part of the school curriculum. There is a world of knowledge out there, and this is what we want the children to experience, without necessarily having access to sophisticated digital facilities or internet connection."