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Interviewed by Cristina Karrer at Mndwaka JSS

The highlights of the interview were undoubtably:
  • The singing of the Mndwaka JSS learners for at least an hour in the background - they even got on the camera crews nerves because of sound quality. Such enthusiasm simply cannot be dampened!

  • The way the children and teachers together tackled the XOs working as a team to unravel the mysteries of the devices was great to see.

  • The opportunity to explain why communities need to be lifted holistically - that one cannot prefer one form of infrastructure at the detriment of another, e.g. roads vs. internet. And indeed that the OLPC project must go ahead and pilot in the area near Zwelenqaba.

  • When questioned about justifying the high cost of OLPC, replying: well how much is the Iraq war costing? In environmental and dollar terms.
I will try to post soon when the clip will appear on German and Swiss TV, and also make available a copy here.

Mndwaka JSS is about 4 kilometers South of Tafalehashi as the crow flies and a candidate for the solar school computer lab project as a satellite school. It is definitely an energetic school with some dedicated educators who are doing great things under difficult conditions. I hope the Department of Education keeps it's promises and delivers the much needed infrastructural upgrade.

Posted: October 28th 2007 03:31

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