Selected publications (.pdf)

"Education Change, Leadership and the Knowledge Society" 
Global e-Schools Initiative (GeSCI)  

Survey of ICT in education in the Caribbean
Volume 1: Regional trends & analysis
Volume 2: Country reports
infoDev 

Using technology to train teachers:
Appropriate uses of ICT for
teacher professional developmen
t
 
infoDev (Mary Burns, co-author)

Project evaluation:
Uganda rural school-based telecenters

World Bank Institute
(Sara Nadel, co-author)

The Educational Object Economy:
Alternatives in authoring &
aggregation of educational software 

Interactive Learning Environments
(Purchase or subscription req'd) 

Development of multimedia resources 
UNESCO (Cesar Nunes, co-author)

Real Access/Real Impact
Teresa Peters & bridges.org
(hosted for reference; RIP TMP) 

« Another Ms Moyo weighs in on aid | Main | In vitro meat »
Tuesday
Mar312009

Generators donated to schools in Rwanda. And fuel?

From  Rwandan daily, The New Times (by way of AllAfrica.com):

Kigali — MTN Rwanda, Wednesday, donated 50 second-hand generators worth US$500,000 (Approx Rwf 280m) to the ministries of Education (MINEDUC) and Health (MINISANTE).... Speaking at the ceremony, State Minister for Education Theoneste Mutsindashyaka, acknowledged the development and urged MTN to keep up the spirit.

"Many schools lack electric power and with the newly introduced ICT education on the curriculum, the generators will definitely have an impact," Mutsindashyaka said.

Twenty head teachers from some of the remotest schools attended the ceremony and their schools will be among the beneficiaries.

 

OK, a used generator worth $10K is going to have high output, 80KW, for example... and high consumption of diesel. Even if the value of these machines is overstated, they are coming from one of the largest private-sector consumers of power in Rwanda. They are way bigger than schools need.

(For purposes of comparison, telecenters in Indonesia frequently run generators in the 10-13 KW range.) 

Electricity in Rwanda is a problem that cripples computer and Internet use in schools. When I last visited, head teachers reported that they were shutting down or radically limiting use of their school computers labs--not because they didn't have generators (most of the schools that i visited had 5.0 KWh versions), but because they couldn't afford the fuel to run them. 

This was in 2005. Perhaps the situation has changed. But for me to believe that the MTN donation to "definitely have impact," I'll need to hear  that MINEDUC will definitely pay the costs of fuel.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>