Helping hands for PE school

LEARNING BOOST: Pupils from Chatty Senior Secondary School have received Wi-Fi and tablets from an American organisation that adopted the school. Getting to grips with them are pupils, front from left, Kerin Martin, 14, Enrico Smith, 17, Jaden Commons, 15, and back, Jamie-Lee Bruce, 14. With them are, back from left, Helping Hand Trust chairman Achmet Mohammed, Bob Rollins, of USACF, and school principal Nazley Chan-King Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
LEARNING BOOST: Pupils from Chatty Senior Secondary School have received Wi-Fi and tablets from an American organisation that adopted the school. Getting to grips with them are pupils, front from left, Kerin Martin, 14, Enrico Smith, 17, Jaden Commons, 15, and back, Jamie-Lee Bruce, 14. With them are, back from left, Helping Hand Trust chairman Achmet Mohammed, Bob Rollins, of USACF, and school principal Nazley Chan-King
Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

Donation of innovative online learning system offers solution in textbooks crisis

While northern areas schools found themselves having to weather turbulent protests and even closures last year because of a lack of teachers and learning resources, a silver lining has appeared for one.

The challenge of trying to learn without the necessary textbooks and reading materials has been turned on its head for Chatty Senior Secondary School pupils thanks to an innovative initiative which has meant the introduction of an online library and hard drives.

The United States Africa Children’s Fellowship (USACF), in partnership with the Helping Hands Trust, donated portable, battery-powered hard drives called RACHEL-plus, which provide access to an online library of educational content, textbooks, past exam papers and tutorial assessments.

The device creates a wireless hotspot capable of serving more than 50 devices at a time.

USACF education technology specialist Bob Rollins said the aim of the project was to address the problems many schools were facing due to a lack of books and limited or no access to the internet and online educational resources.

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