Hello all. Bob Rollins here, Ed Tech Specialist with the Brooklyn-based NGO USACF (U.S.-Africa Children’s Fellowship). We launched the Bridge Project in 2016 in Zim and SA.
Our first pilot in SA is at a primary school in Randfontein, Gauteng (less than an hour from central Joburg).
In 2017 we deployed a RACHEL-plus and a set of tablets in the school’s library. This was very successful and the teachers and headmaster were eager for additional Learning Hubs. In October, 2018 we deployed a second RACHEL-plus which now travels to different classrooms.
We are working on plans for a Rollout Phase in 2019. We envision a 5 schools cluster in Joburg, and then three additional 5 school clusters, likely in Eastern Cape.
A special interest is to start a parallel program where local youth assemble Pi-based servers for wide-scale deployment.
I welcome any questions or comments regarding deploying RACHEL resources and devices.