Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Tanzanian IT-expert joins our school network



Mr. Elikana Ngogo, a Tanzanian information technology specialist currently living and working in Finland, has joined our school network and is eager to assist Haukipudas High School with our efforts to send used computers to our friendship school in Tanzania. Mr. Ngogo is one of the founders of the association called “Computerized Society”, the goal of which is to collect used computers from different parts of the world, and send them to young students in Tanzania, Africa. Mr Ngogo's goal is to make Tanzanian students literate users of information and communication technologies, but as Tanzania depends on imported IT-technology, they have to turn to countries which are advanced in their production and application of technology. The majority of Tanzanian schools also depend on second hand technology as new equipment is too expensive to afford. (//es.joensuu.fi/pub/Theses/2008_MSc_Ngogo_Elikana_Obadia.pdf)

Mr. Ngogo found out about our school’s Tanzania project accidentally through our website last spring. He contacted us right away, and we set up a meeting for the summer. In our meeting we decided to work hard together for our common goal to find available used computers, to organize their shipping, and finally to provide our friendship school with computers and the necessary expertise that is needed in order to be able to use the computers efficiently. Our goal is to send the computers to Mkapa High School during the school year 2008-2009.

Mr. Ngogo will visit our friendship school in Dar-es-Salaam in November. He will also contact the local Rotary Club which, together with the Rotary Club in Finland, might be able to help us with our project.

By Tiina Mustakangas

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good that we got a little help from different sources. Extre help is always welcome. I hope we'll get hose computers to africa asap:)

by Joel Eriksson

Juhani Pätsi said...

According to my knowledge, this is the second significant improvement in this project already, being at least as important as last year's third year students' farewell gift when considering long-term effects. The delivering of computers hopefully provides Tanzanian people with access to the internet and thus to an infinite amount of knowlegde. That is, if they choose to use it wisely instead of explicitly abusing it much like the majority of the western world did.

Anonymous said...

I am glad to be part of an operation like this. And I think it is good thing that we send our old and useless computers to people who do not have too many of their own.

By Markus Saari

Anonymous said...

It’s great that an IT-expert joins to our school network and is eager to assist our school to send old computers to Tanzania. Haukipudas high school has a lot of these old computers that are too slow for proper use. I think it’s better to send these old computers to people who need them instead of trashing them. That is what I call recycling.
By: Niko Karonen

Anonymous said...

Old computers are special waste and if people do not recycle them, computers are taken to landfill. Because of that it is great invention to collect old computers and bring them to place they are needed to!

by Elviira Kivimäki

Anonymous said...

That is very good that some people try cure being of the Tanzanian people.

by Jani Karjalainen

Anonymous said...

Hey! It is awesome if we can offer our help to schools in Africa. One people can help a lot, just with small amount of money!!

by Joni Lalli

Anonymous said...

It's very good that we now have a IT expert working on our project. The interest in our project seems only to have grown since my first year. I hope we get even more experts on our team. Nice pictures by the way!


Henri Posio

Anonymous said...

It is great that we could help you and send computers for your school.
Technique will developed all the time and computers aging. And we could send aging computers to you!

by Jutta Halonen

Anonymous said...

It is good that we can provide some help for people and send our old computers to people who pobably need those more. I am really prouf of that.

By: Essi Savilaakso

Anonymous said...

It is really good, that we have met that IT-expert, because I think he is the one who really knows what people need in Tanzania. I hope that connection is long-term.

By Niina Hekkanen

Sami Huuskonen said...

Mr. Elikana Ngogo you are the man! We are glad to help you with your project. As we know the abitlity to use computers effeciently is quite important in todays society.

Anonymous said...

I hope everything goes fine with this "project" and our friends in Tanzania will find the possibilities of computer too. It's a huge help when information is needed.

Noora Määttä

Anonymous said...

Wow, it's great to have an IT-expert to help us! Extra help is always needed, as they say.:) I hope this project will be a success and we get those computer shipped to Africa as soon as possible.:)

by Hanna-Kaisa Tohila

Anonymous said...

Sending computers to Tanzania is a major step in this project. Great that this project intrests more people than just students and teachers!

Sanna Åman

Anonymous said...

I'm sure IT-expert will be a great help, and I'll hope we get some results soon and more people will be interested in this project.

By Henna Koskela

Anonymous said...

It's awesome that those who have the opportunity to help, really do what they can to provide poorer schools with equal equipment to learn. I think we should inform more schools about this project, they might be interested as well.
Way to go, Finland!

Anonymous said...

It's awesome that those who have the opportunity to help, really do what they can to provide poorer schools with equal equipment to learn. I think we should inform more schools about this project, they might be interested as well.
Way to go, Finland!
-Helmi Virtanen

Anonymous said...

It is great to get professional help for this network. Hopefully there is gonna be even more positive results from working between schools after we achieve help from IT-expert.


by jaakko siurua

Anonymous said...

It is happy to hear that we got new faces in this network and at the same time new ideas to help tanzania even more.

by Reetta Hellgren

Anonymous said...

This is a great way of recycling. At the same time we are saving money because instead of buying new computers and sending them to Africa we give the Africans used computers. It is awesome that our school is involved in this project :)

by Minna Torro