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Kids Protestants Church in Oegstgeest collect 1.000 euro for training teachers (June 2014)
In one year kids of the Protestantse church in Oegstgeest collect 1.000 euro voor training 5 teachers in Tanzania. The group belongs to the same church as Gerda Kuipers, former volenteer for Ukengee.

Here the official statement in Dutch:
Kinderen van de Protestantse Gemeente Oegstgeest zamelen 1.000 Euro in voor opleiding docenten. Op zondag 29 juni kwam een groep kinderen variërend in de leeftijden van 4 tot 12 jaar  van deze Gemeente bijeen voor een kerkdienst waarbij zij aan Ronald en Marijke Blom van de Stichting Ukengee een symbolische cheque overhandigden van maar liefst 1.000 Euro. De kinderen waren aangesloten bij een “kindernevendienst” waar ze onder leiding van  o.a. Wilma van Tongeren dit geweldige bedrag bijeen hebben gebracht.
Zij hebben een paar jaar gespaard om dit bedrag bijeen te brengen. Het contact met deze Gemeente kwam tot stand via een lid van deze Gemeente: Gerda Kuipers, voormalig vrijwilliger van onze stichting, die geruime tijd in Tanzania verbleef en zeer nuttig werk verrichtte. Ze begeleidde onder meer het opzetten van het computerlab  voor de Ilulu secondary school voor meisjes. Gerda is inmiddels werkzaam voor een nieuw project in Kenya.
In goed overleg hebben we als bestemming voor deze donatie gekozen voor het opleiden van vijf docenten verbonden aan de verschillende secondary schools in de rural area van Lindi, Zuid Tanzania, die daarvoor een basis- en een vervolgcursus kunnen volgen op een centraal gelegen locatie.
We danken Emma, Sara, Cecile, Marietta, Niek, Ivo, Gitte, Sem, Job, Niels, Daniel, Madelon, Zoe, Max, Liedewije,  Fenna, Niek, Sanne, Jarno, Anne en Lori voor dit geweldige werk.  We wensen de kinderen die afscheid nemen omdat ze naar het  voortgezet onderwijs gaan,heel veel succes op hun nieuwe school.
Ter herinnering aan deze heuglijke dag kregen de kinderen een prachtige foto overhandigd van de leerlingen in Tanzania die bezig waren tijdens een computerles.Veel dank en groeten van,
Ronald en Marijke Blom, bestuur Stichting Ukengee.

 


10th computerlab in Kibutuka
(April 2014)
By Marijke Blom
Ukengee has realised a 10th computerlab in the Kibutuka Secondary school in Lindi. This school, which was erected in 2006, based on the National Education Program. This program claims that in an area with more than 5.000 primary school pupils a secondary school is recommended. This school, situated between Liwale (65 km) and Nachingwea (60 km)  has over 14 classrooms. There is no grid at all in this remote area.

There are 350 O-level students, from which the girls stay at dormitories, and the boys are going home daily. The school will obtain the A status, probably in 2014 already.
The school should have about 11 teachers, but there are only 7. The staff has to work under difficult circumstances, though they are very motivated.
There are two Primary schools on walking distance. And 2 more secondary schools. There is a police station and one of the lower courtyards. The infrastructure is very poor.

Despite all difficulties the Kibutuka Secondary Schools, managed last year to construct and decorate a proper classroom for the computers to be installed. The installation took place in the fall of 2013.

There is a growing trade in agricultural products in the region, which means that economic situation is improving. In this rural area there is not a single NGO  active and education materials are very rare.

The information systems are very bad.




In February two members of the Board of Ukengee were ready to travel to Kibutuka secondary for the official opening. Due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, it was impossible to get to the Region on time, so the official opening had to be cancelled. The computerlab is functioning well from end of 2013. The official opening now did take place in April 2014.

The realization of the Kibutuka computerlab has been made possible by donations of:
ASML Foundation, RaboShare4More, Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation, Fondation les Paquerettes.


Ukengee realized target: 3 new projects (October 2012)
By Marijke Blom
Ukengee has succeeded in realizing this year's target: Three brand new computerlabs which are installed in the period September-October.
In September the projects in Liwale and Mbekenyera were finished. Mnero Secondary School in Nachingwea is realized in the first week of October.
In Mbekenyera Secondary School 635 students benefit from the computerlab, in Liwale 623 and at the Mnero Secondary School 480 students.
This brings us to over 1.700 new students in the Lindi-district, who can benefit from computer knowledge and internet-access.
In November the training of the computerteachers of all three schools will start with training of basic and advanced computer teaching skills.
The Board of Ukengee will visit all projects in November and will soon after that report their findings on the Ukengee site.
The realization of these new projects were made possible by:
- Turing Foundation
- Pelgrimshoeve
- Global Durability Fund
- Dr Hofstee Stichting
- St. Les Paquerettes
- ASML Foundation
- Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation
On behalf of the students in Lindi we wish to thank all Foundations for giving Ukengee the opportunity to realize these new computerlabs.


Emails, teachers and a university (July 2012)

By Gerda Kuiper, Volunteer for Ukengee
Two weeks ago I have left Tanzania and returned to the Netherlands, but some interesting events took place before my departure. There was a meeting of teachers from the current six schools with Ukengee computer labs, Ukengee is communicating with a university in Mtwara about possible cooperation in Lindi region, and the girls in Ilulu are making progress with writing emails to students in the Netherlands.

Progress of the emailproject in Ilulu
My departure does not mean the e-mailproject in Ilulu will end. The initial technical problems have been overcome, and there are about thirty students who started to use their emailaddresses by sending emails to students in the Netherlands, to me and to each other. The girls now gained enough experience with e-mail and internet to be able to use it by themselves, if necessary with some help and support from their computerteacher Hussein Kiwera. The girls are still very enthusiastic about the project and they can't wait to continue to write e-mails to their fellow students in the Netherlands – after their and our summer holidays, that is.

Teachers’ meeting
Furthermore, the teachers of the current six schools decided to expand the pilot project in Ilulu to all the schools by setting up an interschool network. A selection of students from the six schools will start to communicate with each other through email, in English. This way, students will get a chance to improve their computer skills, and at the same time they can discuss school matters and exchange learning materials. This could also be a good preparation in case there will be more schools in the Netherlands which would like to have their students communicating with students in Tanzania in the future.
This plan was one of the topics during the meeting of computer teachers which was held on June 9th in Lindi Secondary School. There were two teachers present from all the current Ukengee schools plus two American volunteers from Peacecorps who are teaching in Ilulu and Nkowe. The teachers discussed challenges they face in teaching ICT and in maintaining the computer rooms . It was also decided that all schools will create a schoolpage on Facebook, as this is becoming an increasingly important medium for communication in Tanzania and in the rest of the world. Our ambassador Christopher Nyunza distributed special Ukengee mousepads, some teaching material from Kicheko and Ukengee leaflets. Furthermore, all teachers received a laptop as a fee loan, which they can use until they leave the school for preparing their classes and – if a projector is available – presentations.  These laptops were donated by Eneco. Finally, the teachers and and later on their heads of schools signed a new contract with Ukengee which deals with questions of responsibility for the computer room and the new laptops. It was an inspiring morning, and it was very positive that the teachers from the different schools could meet each other.

Cooperation with Stella Maris University
Before I left, I paid a visit to father Titus Mdoe in Mtwara. He is a staff member of Stella Maris University (formerly known as SAUT - http://www.stemmuco.ac.tz/). Many of the students of this university are trained to become teachers in secondary schools, and it is the explicit wish of the university that many of them will stay in Mtwara and Lindi regions. The level of education in these regions is in general not as good as in other parts of Tanzania, and the prospects aren't very good either as many students wish to leave again after finishing college. Fortunately, this university is explicitly dedicated to the development of the region, especially of its rural areas. It has developed plans and programs to stimulate their students to stay in the region when they start their working life, and even to mobilize the students to assist in schools in the area while they are still in college. When I met mr. Mdoe we discussed some possible ways for the university and Ukengee to cooperate in improving (ICT) education in the southern region of Tanzania. It was an inspiring visit, which will hopefully result in a fruitful cooperation.

Turing Foundation supports two new computerlabs (June 2012)

The Turing Foundation decided to honor with a donation of 30,000 euro. This amount will be divided equally over the two new computerlabs in Mbekenyera and Nachingwea.
This donation is a good start to realize this new projects this year.
The board of Ukengee has said thanks to the Turing Foundation for the confidence.

Emailproject Ilulu-Amsterdam (May 2012)
By Gerda Kuiper (volenteer for Ukengee)
Girls in the rural south of Tanzania communicating by email with girls of the same age in urban Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
I came to the Lindi region again a few months ago to set up this pilotproject.
But is it possible to make this work? And what will be the results of it?
To answer the first question: it is indeed possible. In this testcase it took quite some time and patience. There were many technical and some organizational problems which had to be overcome. But right now, thanks to the dedication of the teachers who are involved, girls from form 2 of the Ilulu Girls School in Tanzania and girls from the first year of ROC ASA in Amsterdam are indeed emailing back and forth. And as far as i can tell from this side of the world: they are enjoying it very much.

ROC Amsterdam
Girls of the ROC ASA school in Amsterdam



Girls of the Ilulu school make contact with the ROC ASA in Amsterdam. Left: Ukengee volenteer Gerda

What will come out of it? First of all, there are some major educational results. On both sides communicating in English helps the students in improving their language skills.
Most girls are already able to write an email in English,but at least the girls in Ilulu don't have many opportunities for practice within the regular schoolprogramme. Furthermore, the girls in Ilulu increase their ability to use the internet and e-mail every week. The girls involved in this project usually spend two hours a week in the computer classroom. If time is not sufficient, they come back in the afternoon.
There are currently five modems avaiable at the school. But usually there are about four or five girls sitting and standing at one computer at the same time, as they are very eager to see what is going on.
There are in total some forty girls who regularly enter the class while we are sending emails. And most of them already know how to open and send emails by themselves.
Getting used to typing and gain some speed will take more time, but the girls try their best.
Secondly, it will probably be an inspiring experience for all the girls to be able to communicate directly with people from other cultures and to talk about daily life in different countries.

Eneco Energy donates laptops for Ukengee computerlabs (April 2012)
Ukengee was pleasantly surprised by the donation of 25 HP elitebooks laptops by Eneco Energy. They shortly will move to a new building located in Rotterdam, including a new ict network. The laptops, most of them not older than one year can be used for a good cause: Computerteachers of all six Ukengee computerlabs now need to use computers which are installed in classrooms. It makes it very hard for them to concentrate during classhours on monitoring all the work students have done during computerlessons.
By using the laptops, teachers can do this work at their own time, outside of the classroom and also they can use it for planning, keep up with schoolresults and interaction with other teachers, schools and Ministry of Education.
The laptops are owned by the schools and remain in their possession. Christopher Nyunza, our Tanzanian Ambassador will distribute the laptops between all Ukengee computerlabs on short notice.
We also will provide all Ukengee computerlabs with mousepads for all computers. We also send 450 copies of a brochure for spreading in Tanzania.
We want to thank Eneco Energy Rotterdam, DHL Global Forwarding Ridderkerk, Indupak BV Vlaardingen and Multicopy Utrecht for their efforts and generous help to make this shipment possible.

Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation visit two projects (December 2011)
Sylvie Sprangers of the Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation visit two schools (Lindi and Mndawa). Read her report here (in Dutch)

Inspection report (September 2011)
by Christopher Nicolous Nyunza, ambassador and coordinator of Ukengee
This report will deal with application of computer and implementation of the Ukengee goals; however the technical situation will not be avoided to be mentioned. It should be remembered however that the objectives of the installation of the computers and internet at Lindi region among of other things was to salt away the ignorance of computer knowledge and pave the way to the new world of technology. Therefore, to start with, the young children who are the most affected were given a chance through their respectively schools.
Application of the computer and internet.
In each project at Lindi, our most targets was to see all students at the school are getting the chance to learn computers and are accessed to the internet, of course that is was I observed in all schools. 
Lindi:
At Lindi secondary school all students are getting a chance to learn computer but the community around the school are not yet joined. The reason behind I got from the teacher concerned is that the timetable is too tight to the students, that it is difficult to fix for the non-students. However, the school for the time being has got the projector which will help them to teach many students per once and let them practice at their own time. Therefore, they will able to recruit even non-students for the evening classes.
Mpunyule:
For Mpunyule secondary school things has gone further far, as I said last time that the students are expecting to sit for the national exams this year. Inside the classroom I saw the computer time table which shows the seriousness of the teachers. However, the congratulation should be given to the part time teacher who works as a volunteer. He was among of the villager who studied computer at Mpunyule and now he is teaching his sons and daughters. 

Mr. Omary is preparing the notes for his students at Mpunyule secondary school. He requested to get more training in order to be more competent.
Kilwa Masoko:
In Kilwa Masoko things are also going well, the villagers are still going on with training. Also the school has been given the projector from JICA for the science teachers training. The school expects next year to involve their students to the national exams. The teachers now are seen to be well participating than previous because the number of teachers has increased. Technically the project of Kilwa secondary school is maintained except the minor signal problem of Vodacom and the new program which was installed previously was seen to be difficult to them especially in accessing the internet. But after the re-installation of the present program, the teachers are well happy and are capable.
Ilulu:
The situation at the Ilulu Girls school is not much differed with that of Kilwa Masoko secondary. The students are learning computers as a normal subject in the class (theoretically) and after classhours the practical lessons starts into classwise and groupwise in the evening. Also the school prepares the students to sit for the national exams next year. Though my target was based on computer lessons but something I felt very embarrassing and may be the cause of the teachers to transfer out of our project despite the opportunities we are trying to offer.
That is a teachers’ toilet at Ilulu secondary school. With this kind of situation we should not expect the teachers to stay longer.
Mahiwa:
Installation at Mahiwa.
The work was very excellent and beautiful one. The room is looking very clean. The teachers faces look to be satisfied.

The new computerlab in Mahiwa and the installation of the solar panels on the roof
General inspections:
Kavishe updated all computers and fixed all technical problems faced to all projects. For the time being we don’t expect any problem again because in each school three teachers including the head of the schools were involved to the new updated programs. The new program is very good for the education process, therefore they will concentrate and involve the students fully, it will be useful.

September 7, 2011: Special fundraising event

By Marijke Blom
On September 7 over a hundred special guests, invited by Ukengee Foundation and Dutch NGO 'Wilde Ganzen', enjoyed a tasteful 'sit down diner' and a special performance of the famous musical 'Soldaat van Oranje' in thespecial theater which is built on a former airport of the Dutch Royal Airforce.
The Musical itself is spectacular due to a revolving theater around the different scenes, which includes a scene with a real and original Dakota airplane. During the break there was enough time to exchange information about the coming projects of Ukengee.
With the benefits of this special evening we will try to realize a sixth project in the south of Tanzania: Nkowe. The school is very important in this region and has already built a computerroom and hopefully the computerlab can be installed within 2011.


Ronald Blom with our special guest Willeke Alberti
Singer Willeke Alberti was our special guest and she was delighted about the performance and wished Ukengee Foundation all the best with the realization of upcoming projects.



July 13, 2011 Fundraisers visit Lindi
By Ton Raemakers
Bas and Ton Raemakers visited the Secondary School in Lindi during a holiday trip to Tanzania.
A short report from Ton:
“After a five day safari in the north of Tanzania we flew into Mtwara, in the south, where we stayed for 4 days in the Old Boma Hotel. From here we drove to Lindi to visit the school with the Computer lab sponsored by the Ukengee Foundation.
I was involved in the KIVI NIRIA fund raising campaign for Ukengee in April 2010 and was interested to see one of the projects realized in Lindi. My eldest son Bas joined me on this holiday trip.
There was a very warm welcome from the Headmaster of the school, the ambassador
of the Ukengee foundation, Chris Nyunza and Frank Lusawa, the manager and teacher of the computer lab.
We got a tour around the school and we visited the computer lab, where many students were active using the computers. Frank and Chris showed us around and explained the technical features of the solar powered system and the way students got familiar with using the computers and the special programs.
It became clear that the computer lab is a great success. Frank showed us the week planning for the lab, which was well booked. Various students were preparing documents and reports but there were also students playing games on the computer. Frank explained us that this was to get familiar with the use of the mouse and the keyboard. Students were very enthousiastic.
As a special present we took a couple of footballs, sponsored by Hyperball from the Netherlands, and a set of football shirts. The school had organized a football match for us, so the balls and shirts were immediately in use. Two teams played a very sportive game with many smiles on faces. After the match we said good bye to the school, Frank and Chris. As a token of appreciation we handed over a Feyenoord shirt to Frank.


June 9, 2011 ASML Foundation and Ukengee sign donation agreement for fifth project


by Marijke Blom
A delegation of the Board of the Ukengee Foundation headed for the Veldhoven Headquarters of ASML: The world’s leading manufacturer of complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or chips (www.asml.com).

Ukengee’s Chairman Ronald Blom (right), Treasurer Ger Schutte (left) and Henk van Engelen (Chairman of ASML Foundation), signed a Donation Agreement in which ASML Foundation provides Ukengee with € 26.500.
With this generous donation Ukengee can start a fifth computerlab in Mahiwa in the Lindi-district.
ASML Foundation especially targets educational projects, in which selfdevelopment, employment and emancipation are main goals, which perfectly matches Ukengee’s purpose and objectives. Ukengee agreed to finish this project by the end of 2011.
Mahiwa Secondary School is located 3 km of the paved road, which is appr. 1 hour drive from the town Lindi.
It started in 1965 as an Agricultural College. From 1995 on it started as a Secondary School and received A-status (classes 5 and 6) in 2005. Usually students are visiting the schools only during daytime, but because most of them come from all over the Lindi-district they stay in a hostel.
There are 540 students with O-level (classes 1 to 4) and 277 students with A-level (classes 5 and 6). A-level students who also stay in the hostel, because they come from all over the country.
Distinguishing feature about this school is that they allow girls to enter A-level: most schools only accept boys for A-level.
At this moment there are no computers at the school, the closest place with access to computers is in the capital Lindi. There is a classroom prepared which can function as a computerroom. And four guards assure the security of the school.
There is no electricity on the school. Neither will there be in the near future. The only electricity on the school consists of solar panels for the lighting of 6 classrooms.
The Ukengee Foundation is thankful for the generous support provided by ASML Foundation and excited to be continuing its work of providing students, especially girls, in the Lindi-district with better educational facilities.

March 11, 2011
A single step is a rule to win
by Christopher Nyunza, Ukengee coordinator
At the beginning of the Ukengee project in Lindi Tanzania was like a nightmare to the people of Lindi, as everybody thought differently about he computer knowledge. Some thought that a person who knows how to apply computer must reach to the Advance Level or University, because that was the only place where could be found at least one computer for the official use with swinging chair and a very beautiful lady, a boss' secretary putting on a miniskirt and scarf on her neck.
After the opening of the first project in Kilwa Masoko day secondary people started to believe their idea was wrong.
Example at Kilwa Masoko secondary, a student of form two, who succeed the Ukengee competition prize, is able to work with computers as if he was born with it. Of course maybe those boys are coming from town but what about a villager who was empty set in computer literate now is a part of teachers staff at Mpunyule secondary, who studied eveningclass at Mpunyule Ukengee project. This is a great success to the people of Lindi and to the people who with heart of love donated the money to help the Tanzanian, especially the people of the Lindi district.
The project of Lindi secondary is another story, where the number of computers seemed to be not enough as every 80 minutes in a daytime the room is occupied by students. And the teachers are working hard. Of course, educating the people of Lindi begging of liberating the Tazania in implementing the goals millennium.

March 9, 2011 Report from Lindi

by Frank Lusawa (Computer, Geography and Kiswahili Teacher at Lindi secondary school)
I'm very happy to inform you about how this Computer Laboratoryroom works. We launched two months ago computerstudies for the students and it has effectively startred to be tought to our students.
We have fixed the computer subject to the master timetable for all students at school.
I teach three to four classes per day. Every class carry up to 45 students and they are sharing the 20 computers.

February 26, 2011 Possible new projects
Ukengee delegation (Ronald and Marijke Blom and Christopher Nyunza) visited 3 possible new projects.
The first is Mahiwa secondary school (540 students of which 277 are in A-level), the second is Nkowe secondary school (420 students) and the third is Mbekenyera secondary school (410 students).
The Ukengee Foundation hopes to select soon one of these schools as next project.

February 25, 2011 Official opening Ilulu secondary school
by Marijke Blom
It was a wonderful day for the more than 240 girls from Ilulu secondary school. Headmaster Madam Sarah Mlaponi was impatiently waiting for the Ukengee delegation to comfe for the official opening.
The Guest of Honour was mr. Kassim Majaliwa, Deputy Minister of the State in the Prime Ministers office of the Regional administration and local government.
Mister Majaliwa is responsible for the education on primary and secondary schools in Tanzania.
He made a powerful speech on the importance of learning computerskills and get access to the internet.
After joyfull singing and dancing performances the brand new computerlab was opened by the Guest of Honour by cutting a pink ribbo on one of the computers.
The lab is now ready to be used by the students, who could not wait to start their ICT adventure.
See video here

February 25, 2011 Promises by Deputy Minster
The Guest of Honour, Deputy Minister mr. Kassim Majaliwa, has made some promises to the Ukengee Foundation in order to support the existing and fortcoming projects on the following subjects:
- No teachers will be transferred after the Ukengee computer course
- There will be full support on logistic, educational and security issues
- The computer education will be incorporated in the school schedule
- Within the coming year computerskills will be part of the examination program
- Full cooperation will be given to make the computerlabs avaiable for the surrounding villagers, entrepeneurs and other people who can benefit from the lab
Mr Majaliwa is the final responsable Minister for the Tanzanian primary and secondary education. The Minister supports the views and approch of Ukengee.
He intends to organise a meeting where Ukengee will share their views with representatives of the Government.

February 23, 2011 New efforts in improving quality
A delegation from both Ukengee Foundation and the Solar Board decided to make new efforts on how to improve the quality of the computerlabs.
Mr Ali Mg'umba, chairman of the Solar Board, will visit the projects at least once a month to give specific attention to the quality of the computereducation on the schools.
As a former headmaster with 18 years of experience and being a newly retired regional schoolinspector, he is the most capable person to fulfill such a challange.Mr Mg'umba is more than willing to fulfill such a task, as he as a Kilwa Masoko inhabitant can quite easy visit the schools in the surroundings on a regular basis. Also he will contribute in getting the computereducation in the colloquium of the schools program.

February 8, 2011
by Gerda Kuiper
It is already been a few weeks since I left Lindi and went back home to the Netherlands. Before I left, we had a very inspiring meeting at Ilulu Girl's School. The headmasters of the four schools and the chairman of our Solar Board, mr Mng'umba, were all there.
Furthermore, there were some important government officials present: the educational officer of Kilwa district mr. Doto, the Regional Educational Officer (REO) of Lindi region, mr. Mnyikambi, and the Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) of Lindi region mr. Sowani, who actually instigated this meeting.
We discussed the challenges the schools face in making good use of the computer labs, and what could be done about it. I was very glad that both the government representatives and the head masters emphasized that these computers are also their responsibility now. Consequently, they don't expect from Ukengee to solve the difficulties they face but instead decided to discuss who should be responsible for which issues. One issue that was mentioned by all head masters is the lack of teachers. It is therefore difficult for the schools to incorporate regular computers classes in their schedules. On the other hand, something that became clear to me during my stay is that the computers take off some of the pressure on especially head masters. They don't have to travel anymore to Kilwa or Lindi town to print official documents and exams, which consumes a lot of time and involves some costs. And despite the scarcity of teachers, all schools are planning to at least (start to) teach form 1 and/or 2. This will enable the form 2 students to be able to participate in national examinations – which is necessary if you ultimately want to participate in the final examinations in form 4 – this or next year.
When I left in January, the schools were just starting up again after the Christmas holidays. The school in Kilwa is even preparing itself to receive form 5-students for the first time in April 2011.
In Mandawa teaching computer classes will remain problematic until new teachers arrive. Therefore, our ambassador Christopher proposed to involve one of the villagers who followed the computer course at the school last year, in organizing the classes.
In Ilulu, they are just starting up, but this will probably work out well because together with the teachers that were educated in Lindi in December there is enough staff present with (basic) knowledge of computers. Also at Lindi Secondary School there are sufficient teachers with knowledge on computers. I actually just talked to one of them on Facebook! I am glad to experience that I will be able to keep in touch with the schools the coming months through 'the electronic highway'!


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March 11, 2011 A single step is a rule to win
by Christopher Nyunza, Ukengee coordinator
At the beginning of the Ukengee project in Lindi Tanzania was like a nightmare to the people of Lindi, as everybody thought differently about he computer knowledge. Some thought that a person who knows how to apply computer must reach to the Advance Level or University, because that was the only place where could be found at least one computer for the official use with swinging chair and a very beautiful lady, a boss' secretary putting on a miniskirt and scarf on her neck.
After the opening of the first project in Kilwa Masoko day secondary people started to believe their idea was wrong.
Example at Kilwa Masoko secondary, a student of form two, who succeed the Ukengee competition prize, is able to work with computers as if he was born with it. Of course maybe those boys are coming from town but what about a villager who was empty set in computer literate now is a part of teachers staff at Mpunyule secondary, who studied eveningclass at Mpunyule Ukengee project. This is a great success to the people of Lindi and to the people who with heart of love donated the money to help the Tanzanian, especially the people of the Lindi district.
The project of Lindi secondary is another story, where the number of computers seemed to be not enough as every 80 minutes in a daytime the room is occupied by students. And the teachers are working hard. Of course, educating the people of Lindi begging of liberating the Tazania in implementing the goals millennium.

March 9, 2011 Report from Lindi

by Frank Lusawa (Computer, Geography and Kiswahili Teacher at Lindi secondary school)
I'm very happy to inform you about how this Computer Laboratoryroom works. We launched two months ago computerstudies for the students and it has effectively startred to be tought to our students.
We have fixed the computer subject to the master timetable for all students at school.
I teach three to four classes per day. Every class carry up to 45 students and they are sharing the 20 computers.

February 26, 2011 Possible new projects
Ukengee delegation (Ronald and Marijke Blom and Christopher Nyunza) visited 3 possible new projects.
The first is Mahiwa secondary school (540 students of which 277 are in A-level), the second is Nkowe secondary school (420 students) and the third is Mbekenyera secondary school (410 students).
The Ukengee Foundation hopes to select soon one of these schools as next project.

February 25, 2011 Official opening Ilulu secondary school
by Marijke Blom
It was a wonderful day for the more than 240 girls from Ilulu secondary school. Headmaster Madam Sarah Mlaponi was impatiently waiting for the Ukengee delegation to comfe for the official opening.
The Guest of Honour was mr. Kassim Majaliwa, Deputy Minister of the State in the Prime Ministers office of the Regional administration and local government.
Mister Majaliwa is responsible for the education on primary and secondary schools in Tanzania.
He made a powerful speech on the importance of learning computerskills and get access to the internet.
After joyfull singing and dancing performances the brand new computerlab was opened by the Guest of Honour by cutting a pink ribbo on one of the computers.
The lab is now ready to be used by the students, who could not wait to start their ICT adventure.

February 25, 2011 Promises by Deputy Minster
The Guest of Honour, Deputy Minister mr. Kassim Majaliwa, has made some promises to the Ukengee Foundation in order to support the existing and fortcoming projects on the following subjects:
- No teachers will be transferred after the Ukengee computer course
- There will be full support on logistic, educational and security issues
- The computer education will be incorporated in the school schedule
- Within the coming year computerskills will be part of the examination program
- Full cooperation will be given to make the computerlabs avaiable for the surrounding villagers, entrepeneurs and other people who can benefit from the lab
Mr Majaliwa is the final responsable Minister for the Tanzanian primary and secondary education. The Minister supports the views and approch of Ukengee.
He intends to organise a meeting where Ukengee will share their views with representatives of the Government.

February 8, 2011
by Gerda Kuiper
It is already been a few weeks since I left Lindi and went back home to the Netherlands. Before I left, we had a very inspiring meeting at Ilulu Girl's School. The headmasters of the four schools and the chairman of our Solar Board, mr Mng'umba, were all there.
Furthermore, there were some important government officials present: the educational officer of Kilwa district mr. Doto, the Regional Educational Officer (REO) of Lindi region, mr. Mnyikambi, and the Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS) of Lindi region mr. Sowani, who actually instigated this meeting.
We discussed the challenges the schools face in making good use of the computer labs, and what could be done about it. I was very glad that both the government representatives and the head masters emphasized that these computers are also their responsibility now. Consequently, they don't expect from Ukengee to solve the difficulties they face but instead decided to discuss who should be responsible for which issues. One issue that was mentioned by all head masters is the lack of teachers. It is therefore difficult for the schools to incorporate regular computers classes in their schedules. On the other hand, something that became clear to me during my stay is that the computers take off some of the pressure on especially head masters. They don't have to travel anymore to Kilwa or Lindi town to print official documents and exams, which consumes a lot of time and involves some costs. And despite the scarcity of teachers, all schools are planning to at least (start to) teach form 1 and/or 2. This will enable the form 2 students to be able to participate in national examinations – which is necessary if you ultimately want to participate in the final examinations in form 4 – this or next year.
When I left in January, the schools were just starting up again after the Christmas holidays. The school in Kilwa is even preparing itself to receive form 5-students for the first time in April 2011.
In Mandawa teaching computer classes will remain problematic until new teachers arrive. Therefore, our ambassador Christopher proposed to involve one of the villagers who followed the computer course at the school last year, in organizing the classes.
In Ilulu, they are just starting up, but this will probably work out well because together with the teachers that were educated in Lindi in December there is enough staff present with (basic) knowledge of computers. Also at Lindi Secondary School there are sufficient teachers with knowledge on computers. I actually just talked to one of them on Facebook! I am glad to experience that I will be able to keep in touch with the schools the coming months through 'the electronic highway'!