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Open Letter to SchoolTool and Janastu

Open letter to two worthy projects with similar software goals:

Janastu:
The IDRC reports: "Janastu, Bangalore, proposed open source school management software to allow teachers and other staff to better administer schools, as well as create a community for discussion among educators".
SchoolTool:
"... is a project to develop a common global school administration infrastructure that is freely available under an Open Source license."
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Janastu and SchoolTool
Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008 11:43:28 +0200
From: Ronald Wertlen
Organization: eKhaya ICT
To: school- a t -janastu.org, schooltool- a t -schooltool.org

Dear Janastu and SchoolTool!

I have been following the SchoolTool project for a while now, and was
surprised to find another group attempting to do something very similar,
in a field (non-profit, school education, etc.) in which cooperation and
collaboration are the only way to win.

It is quite peculiar to note that both projects are English AND using
Python! That said I don't know how (in)compatible Django and Zope are
as these seem to be the frameworks being used. The legacy of the Pantoto
platform will surely be a problem if that is involved on the Janastu side.

If you are unaware of each other - which I can hardly imagine, I hope to
get some collaboration going with this mail!! It would be fantastic to
grow a great project (and not get into petty company rivalries or
technical flamewars)!


Aside: We hope to get a SchoolTool project going with 20 rural schools -
but are still waiting for funding (a collaboration with the Nelson
Mandela Institute). So once that comes through we may be hearing more
from each other.


Best regards, from the Eastern Cape of South Africa,
Ron Wertlen



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