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December 2006

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Two wonder kids who build own computers

New Horizon, a Lagos based ICT training centre, discovered two junior secondary school students under the age of twelve who have the ability to assemble a computer in 15 minutes and have actually built their own computer with a trade mark DASH.

The kids, Davidson Oseremen and Shittu Rilwan are two of a kind who met at a private secondary school, Doregos Academy in Ipaja. The former hails from Edo state while the later is from Kwara state in the South-South and South West regions of Nigeria, respectively. DASH is actually formed from the first two letters of DAVIDSON and the first two letters from SHITTU.

ICT Empowerment Project organised by New Horizons at secondary schools in Nigeria which discovered the wonder kids is such that the students of participating schools are being trained in all areas of IT from Junior Secondary School to Senior Secondary School.

Wakrah school pilots e-learning class project

Around 188 students of Al Wakra Independent School for Girls in Qatar will soon begin studying through their Tablet PCs as ictQATAR's 'eSchoolbag' project took off. eSchoolbag, that proposes to ease the burden of the traditional schoolbags through students access to multi featured Tablet PCs, is presently being piloted at this school.

Launched as a collaboration between ictQATAR and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) last September, the project will allow students to carry their 'eSchoolbags' home. So far the Tablet PCs were being used only within the school's premises.

 iCELL will be responsible for eSchoolbag rollout and training. Eight teachers have gone through iCELL's rigorous training scheme that equips them with the knowledge to employ tablet computers in class and to encourage inquiry based learning.

Video links learning    

From a large TV at the back of a Norfolk classroom in southern England an extra pupil is joining in a lesson – from about 300 miles away in the Channel Islands ( a group of British dependent islands). It is 15-year-old David Brehaut, who without the video the link to maths and ICT classes at Sheringham High School would not be able to gain any qualifications at the only school on his home island of Sark. His only other option is to move to the mainland away from his family.

He has been given a chance to study at a Norfolk school from his own because of recent government investment in ICT in Norfolk schools which means more and more can be done through computer networks, the Internet and video conferencing.

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