Can the Raspberry Pi Computer Help Ghana?

Kids Talk Radio talks about Raspberry Pi at the Barboza Space Center.  Our experiences have been good so far.  It is a great way to learn how to build a computer and to understand how all the parts work.  The cost is low and it makes it possible for many students to get their hands on a computer.  At our center we have Raspberry Pi project-based learning that we are will to share with students and teachers in Ghana.  It is important that schools have good support for new teachers using the Raspberry Pi for the first time.  We suggest that we all continue to make and share as many videos and possible.  We will need lots of support with Raspberry Pi projects.  It is worth the effort.  We welcome your videos and support materials.   Suprschool@aol.com.

Raspberry Pi at the Barboza Space CenterThe Barboza Space Center will be building a new science satellite this year with the Raspbrry.  We welcome ideas and support for the people of Ghana.  We will post our work on http://www.BarbozaSpaceCenter.com.   Our good friends in Cabo Verde will be joining us on this project.

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What do we need to know about Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

What’s more, the Raspberry Pi  has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work.

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a registered educational charity (registration number 1129409) based in the UK. Our Foundation’s goal is to advance the education of adults and children, particularly in the field of computers, computer science and related subjects. See our stories page for more information about the Foundation’s charitable work.

 

Executive Director of Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Ghana, an education NGO, has called on stakeholders involved in teaching and learning to make a conscious effort to integrate Technology into their activities.
Mr. Kofi Essien said the delivery of quality education in basic schools can be cost effective if stakeholders in the sector embrace technological devices such as the Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-size computer built on a single circuit board with microprocessors, memory and other features required of a functional computer.
Unlike a typical personal computer the device may not include slots into which accessory cards may be plugged. It can plug into a computer or TV.
It is therefore like a small PC which can be used for many of the things that desktop PC does.

Kofi Essien
Mr. Essien observed that the key role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can play in widening access to, and improving the quality of education at all levels in Ghana include literacy education, facilitating education delivery and training at all levels, opening opportunities for content creation and open sharing to expand knowledge resources continues to be recognized as a key priority area.
He noted that since OLE Ghana’s discovery of the potential of the Raspberry Pi to support quality education delivery for all, it has been championing the use of the technology placing it at the center of its learning model.
He disclosed that OLE Ghana as part of the USAID sponsored Ghana Reads project hopes to create a mesh network of low cost digital libraries using the Raspberry Pi to be updated by either Coaches who will provide support to teachers even as they use the technology in their classrooms and/or via internet where it is present.
Mr. Essien bemoaned that the deployment, exploitation and development of ICTs to accelerate education worldwide has been bedeviled by a number of challenges including infrastructure and costs thus mitigating the potential use of technology to achieve educational gains.
“However with the very low cost of the Raspberry Pi OLE Ghana is leading the charge to democratize access to a wealth of information making the dream of a library for every home a reality thus giving true meaning to the term Information age.
“It is also worth mentioning that for Ghana to make any appreciable progress in its socio-economic development efforts, substantial resources will need to be directed at improving educational delivery. Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights” he said.
OLE is an NGO made up of a group of Social Entrepreneurs, largely educationists.
Led by Prof. Jophus Anamuah Mensah (OVC), a seasoned educationist, it began to experiment with the use of mobile technology for education delivery in 2010.
– See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2015/July-29th/ole-ghana-urges-use-of-raspberry-pi-to-improve-education.php#sthash.oN7s7Qrt.IhbfjQm4.dpuf

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  1. Who is working on Raspberry Pi projects? We want to hear about your projects. Consider making a video and posting it on YouTube. Questions: Suprschool@aol.com. You can follow Kids Talk Radio at these two websites:

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  2. Ayana Mustapha Salifu

    I am Ayana Mustapha Salifu, I am an employee of evcoafrica(www.evcoAfrica.org) to teach both teachers and students to use the RACHEL. Evco has a program that we set up computer labs with RACHEL. I spread it, I teach it. I met with Kenneth here in Cape Cost and he showed the raspberry Pi to me and I fell in love with it. It is really very good and can and will be of great benefits to Ghana.
    I wish I could have one myself in order to improve a program I run on vacations called the RACHEL VACATION CLASSES. Where I teach share and teach RACHEL in community Labs. This save many children from being on the street selling or idly at home.Last year I had a request from the District Chief Executive of Asuogyaman in the Eastern region of Ghana to run this classes in his community called Anum alswo in the same district.
    This year, I had a request from one of my lectureres, Dr.Kwesi Ishmeal Anderson in the University of education ,Winneba to offer this share in his community computer lab the RACHEL and tutor the facilitators there to also teach it to the community learners. Currently evco has employ another teacher to teach the RACHEL in Senchi-Ferry community library which will be taking of soon.
    I have some photos on my previous work last year in Anum in the Eastern region of Ghana that I would like to share if you want. please visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-6MOEGBQFyVUWlvTHZfZ3ZNbkc5X3d3dmsyb0ZvakJhWldN/view?usp=drive_web

    I am highly interested in working with you, and I will be glad to see us work hand in hand to improve teaching and learning in Ghana using the rasberry Pi.
    Thank You
    Ayana Mustapha Salifu

    • Greetings Ayana: Your message was received very late. We are so sorry. We have multiple websites and we are missing important messages like your. At present, we are helping the country of Cabo Verde with building robots using Arduino. Our new Raspberry Pi projects will start in December, 2016. Please send us an update on where your program is at this time. Thank you…… Bob Barboza Suprschool@aol.com http://www.KidsTalkRadioLA.com

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