Just want to say Hi since i’m new here!
We set up an NGO in Ghana about three years ago called the Childrens Charitable Foundation (there
should be an apostrophe somewhere in there but it didn’t make it in the registration) with the aim of supporting a school and have been trying to launch a school in Ghana ever since.
I like the idea of free education and certainly the local community in Aplaku, Weija,Accra could do with it but quite honestly we found the area of finance challenging to say the least and got blanks on funding.
We changed tact on funding and have worked on various business models to self fund; so far we have the infrastructure of a school building up which can take about 30 kids and computers sent such as Raspberry PI’s which are currently sitting there waiting to be used.
I have always respected sources of knowledge since getting my hands on small booklets called “key fact cards” which got me through my Biology O’Level, out of the sink school I was attending and subsequently to University.
Getting access to Wikipedia is not a luxury for many children in third world countries due to poor Internet access, no computers or cost. Basically my thoughts as of 2014 is to forget e-learning on line or accessing say Wikipedia I just can not see how its going to happen in rural areas of Countries like Ghana. Instead just supply information rich computers that just need electricity.
I did some minor tweaking on the digital down loadable encyclopedia from SOSchildren making it searchable using PHP and MySQL thus making it more useful. If anybody would like to have an intro to it, I put up a rather poor video clip on our business model web site here:
Also for younger kids I resurrected Flashcards to help toddlers learn the alphabet (it uses python and pygame) here: